Seferian-Jenkins adds another record to his list, craves more growth

Staff writerDecember 23, 2012 

LAS VEGAS – Austin Seferian-Jenkins finished the season as the owner of almost all Washington records for tight ends. Which, left him wanting more.

Seferian-Jenkins made six catches for 61 yards and caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price on Saturday during Washington’s 28-26 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. In the process, he increased his season receiving total to 850 yards, his newest Washington record.

Seferian-Jenkins now holds the tight end records for most receptions in a season (69) and a career (110). His 1,388 career receiving yards and 13 touchdowns are all Washington records.

Saturday, Seferian-Jenkins broke Dave Williams’ record of 795 yards set in 1965.

“It could have been a lot better,” Seferian-Jenkins said of his season. “I’m a little disappointed in myself. Overall, I’m a little disappointed in everything I did this year. I think there’s a lot of room to grow and that’s just my competitive nature, just never being comfortable. I think there are a lot of things that I can improve on to be considered a good tight end.”

The next question for him is: Will he rejoin the Huskies men’s basketball team? Seferian-Jenkins averaged 1.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17 games last season. He said he will talk to Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian, his mom, and basketball coach Lorenzo Romar before deciding.

A CASE OF THE DROPS

Following a two-point loss, everything is magnified. That’s why two key Washington drops were discussion points.

The first was by Kasen Williams in the first quarter when Washington had a third-and-2 play from the Boise State 8. Price’s pass hit Williams right in the hands, but he appeared to turn before securing the ball. Washington settled for a Travis Coons field goal.

The next conspicuous drop was by freshman Jaydon Mickens in the fourth quarter. Mickens was open on the right side on a third-and-8 play from the Boise State 20-yard line. What would have been a first down was not pulled in by Mickens, who had trouble catching all season.

As much as Sarkisian wanted to see Price sharper, he also passed around blame.

“We have to catch the football,” Sarkisian said. “We drop arguably a touchdown today and a critical third down one, as well. Everybody has to do their part. We have to block better, catch better, throw better, call better plays so that we can be a more successful offensive football team.”

NOT UP FOR CHALLENGE

Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick converted a fourth-and-1 play from the Washington 33 on the Broncos’ final drive, though the spot of the ball seemed very close to the marker. The crew of officials from Conference USA chose not to measure. Sarkisian chose not to challenge. Boise kicked the winning field goal later that drive.

“I contemplated it,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a hard one to overturn. It’s a quarterback sneak and he’s piled up inside the pile. It’s a hard one and all of a sudden they are going to move the ball back 2 or 3 inches to make him short.

“The timeouts in that situation were at a premium. I didn’t want to lose our timeout there and only have two and our ability to stop the clock. I just didn’t really feel like, even if he was short, they wouldn’t move the ball and overturn it.”

THIRD-AND-WRONG

The Broncos converted on third down much of the game, not counting a third-and-18 that Southwick turned into a fourth-and-1 that Boise State picked up.

Boise finished 7-for-19 on third-down conversions, including 6-for-12 success in the first half.

Washington righted itself from 2-for-9 success in the first half on third downs and finished 8-for-18.

BOISE LOSES A BIG PIECE

Boise State sent home defensive end Demarcus Lawrence for a violation of team rules. The sophomore is a first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection. Lawrence led the Broncos with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Washington ran its first play of the game, a fly sweep with Bishop Sankey, right at the spot Lawrence’s replacement, Tyler Horn, manned.

Lawrence is a transfer from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. He was also suspended earlier in the season for a home game against UNLV for rule violations.

EXTRA POINTS

Washington scored 17 points in the first half. Boise State had allowed 40 first-half points all season. … The 34-yard field goal kicked by the Broncos’ Michael Frisina for the first points of the game was Boise State’s longest made field goal since Nov. 19, 2010. … Only five penalties were called in the game and just two against Washington.

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