Two police sources said Seferian-Jenkins was driving a car that was pulled over late Saturday in the University District.
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been cited for drunken driving after a car was pulled over in the University District late Saturday night, according to the school and police sources.
Two police sources, both of whom asked not to be named, said Seferian-Jenkins was driving the car, although police spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson on Sunday said only that Seferian-Jenkins was among several people in the vehicle whose names were run by officers. Jamieson confirmed the driver was cited for drunken driving and released, per SPD policy. He said additional information would be released once the report was made public.
UW football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a prepared statement that “We are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins” and that the school was taking it “very seriously.”
“Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington,” Sarkisian said in the statement. “He will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies. We will continue to support Austin throughout this process, while also holding him accountable and responsible for his actions.” The statement did not specify whether Seferian-Jenkins could miss any games in 2013.
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Jamieson said police stopped a car around 11:30 p.m. near the 2200 block of Ravenna Boulevard Northeast. The car contained several people, Seferian-Jenkins among them. Details of the stop and why the vehicle was targeted were not immediately available.
The 6-foot-6, 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins will be a junior in 2013 and will also be a leading contender for the Mackey Award, given annually to the best tight end in the country — he was one of three finalists for the award in 2012.
Seferian-Jenkins, a graduate of Gig Harbor High. already holds a number of UW single-season and career records for tight ends, including career receptions (110); career receiving yards (1,388) and career touchdown receptions (13).
UW began spring practice Tuesday and Seferian-Jenkins participated in a Washington practice on Saturday morning before the incident. UW is scheduled to practice next on Tuesday night.
He was named as UW’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2012 when he caught 69 passes for 850 yards, each school records for a tight end. He looks to be an equally big part of the offense again in 2013, when the Huskies hope to break a three-year cycle of 7-6 seasons and emerge as legitimate contenders for the Pac-12 North title.
Seferian-Jenkins also played for the basketball team in the 2011-12 season as a walk-on, averaging 7.2 minutes in 17 games. He did not play basketball this year, however, and told reporters earlier this week he would not play basketball in the future.
Seferian-Jenkins is already being considered as a possible first-round pick for the 2014 NFL draft should he decide to leave school early.
Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta contributed to this report.