About 15 miles outside of Las Vegas, in Henderson, Nev., a University of Washington flag is propped on the side of a house each weekend during football season.
That’s because Dave Williams never misses a game, and he wants people to know it.
Don’t know Williams? The 1963 graduate of Lincoln High School was a Washington tight end from 1964-66, and his school records are steadily being toppled by Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Coming into this season, Williams held several tight end records despite playing in the run-dominated scheme of coach Jim Owens. Williams held the record for tight ends for most receiving yards in a season (795 in 1965), career (1,133 yards during his three years), catches in a game (10, twice in 1965) and career touchdowns (10).
Williams also holds the UW record for receiving yards in a game at any position, with 257. In addition, he holds the record for most 50-plus yard receptions in a season, set in 1965 when he caught four passes at least that long.
Seferian-Jenkins is on his way to breaking nearly every record. His eight-catch, 154-yard game against Cal last week moved Seferian-Jenkins past Williams in career yardage, with 1,170 receiving yards in 22 games. Seferian-Jenkins’ 10 career touchdowns tie Williams and John Brady for the school’s record by a tight end.
By the end of the season, Seferian-Jenkins will likely have the single-season reception and yardage records as well, plus the career record for touchdowns and receptions. Seferian-Jenkins is 163 yards short of Williams’ record for single-season receiving yards. Last week, he tied Jerramy Stevens’ record of 48 catches by a tight end in a season. He’s six catches behind Mark Breuner’s record of 95 for a career.
Williams was so enamored by what Seferian-Jenkins did last week, he fired off an email to his family about it.
“His performance against Cal was one of the most courageous things I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Williams, who was the first player signed by the Seattle Seahawks. “I know he’s been hurt. I know how hard it is to play on a bad ankle. And to see him come in in those key situations and make those key catches to really propel the Huskies to win, I was extremely impressed.”
Williams ran track in addition to playing football. He lined up on the line at times, but was mostly in the slot when the Huskies used a rare passing formation. He caught 183 passes for 2,768 yards in a seven-year NFL career that was spent mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals. Injuries prevented Williams from playing in Seattle at the end of his career. He was 6-foot-1 and about 208 pounds with good speed. Seferian-Jenkins is 6-6, 266.
Though Williams hears from his oldest son and sisters living in Seattle occasionally about the status of his records, he doesn’t worrying about them.
“I have no pride about those records,” he said. “I hope he gets them all.”
It appears he’ll get his wish.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said “we’re getting a few guys back, a couple guys we’re not” for Saturday’s game against Utah. Several Huskies, including cornerback Desmond Trufant, were injured against Cal last Friday. Sarkisian does not share specific injury information with the media “We’ll be playing some guys who haven’t had a whole lot of action, but have had enough.” Sarkisian said. He also said, for the most part, the injuries are short-term. … Sarkisian called this version of the Huskies a “black-and-blue team.” He said he loves being that way and would rather win ugly than lose pretty, the way they did in the Alamo Bowl last season, 67-56, against Baylor.todd.dybas@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports @Todd_Dybas