Austin Seferian-Jenkins reportedly faces DUI charge


University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, widely regarded as a potential future high-round NFL draft pick, was cited on a DUI charge on Saturday night, multiple media outlets reported. (A hat tip to College Football Talk, which has chronicled this developing story.)

According to the Seattle Times, Seattle police said the incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. in the city’s University District, and Seferian-Jenkins was one of multiple passengers in the car police stopped. Full details on the incident are not yet known, per the Times.

“We are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins,” Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said Sunday in a statement released by the school. “We are taking the matter very seriously. Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington. 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.”

As a true sophomore in 2011, Seferian-Jenkins was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to college football’s top tight end. He already holds a slew of school records for tight ends, including catches, yards and touchdowns (110-1,388-13).

The 6-foot-6, 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins would appear to have a bright football future. In a story published in the Seattle Times last December, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said Seferian-Jenkins could be an “early first-round pick” in 2014.

And, for those who may be wondering, that’s the earliest he can be draft-eligible. Because he has not completed three seasons in school, the 2013 supplemental draft is not an option for Seferian-Jenkins.

13 responses to “Austin Seferian-Jenkins reportedly faces DUI charge

  1. Before we discuss his pro potential or his draft status, I think we should focus more on getting him some help. A DUI is a serious issue especially at any age. I hope this is his last DUI offense but too often, we see repeat offenders with DUIs and NFL players.

  2. If there were multiple passengers this guy never should have been in the drivers seat! Just plain stupidity; especially when you’re trying to become a top NFL prospect. Don’t even put yourself in that kind of situation.

  3. “was one of several passengers”

    How do you get a DUI as a passenger? Either something is missing/wrong with this story, or he was the driver(not 1 of the passengers)

    This won’t affect his stock at all, move along.

  4. Supplemental draft??? Serious this dude is a top 15 pick or higher those players don’t grow on trees. Also this is the first ” character issue” this kids ever had.

    He made a bone head mistake but don’t crucify his entire character.

  5. If he was eligible for the supplemental draft would he get the same type of contract he would have if he got drafted at the same spot in the regular draft?

  6. Gonna be just like Jerramy Stevens. Search for Victory and Ruins story on UW Huskies, you will be appalled at what it tells about big-time college football and the preferential treatment the players get. Explains why Jenkins just cited, not arrested like any non-football star woulda been…

  7. He obviously was not the driver or he would have been arrested. Are you so out of touch with young people (under 30) all know people who’ve been drunk or on something and the cops just tell them go away.

    It’s not a case of athletes getting away with something. Same story for parties all that being underage and drunk rarely results in arrest.

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