Court date set, Seferian-Jenkins works on return to team

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comApril 14, 2013 

SEATTLE — Star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains suspended from the Washington football team after being charged with DUI following an accident March 9 in the University District.

Seferian-Jenkins is scheduled to appear in Seattle Municipal Court on Thursday.

In the interim, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is assessing when to end Seferian-Jenkins’ suspension from the team.

Sarkisian said Saturday he knew this would be an extended process and that Seferian-Jenkins is already doing certain things to work his way back onto the team.

Sarkisian mentioned that he will take into consideration Seferian-Jenkins’ past work in the community, his positive work as a student and his past actions in deciding when to lift the suspension.

“He’s a good kid who made a bad decision and made a mistake,” Sarkisian said. “He’s learned from it. He’s obviously going to have to pay the price from it.

“I don’t think this mistake by Austin is truly indicative of his character and his behavior, but he made a mistake. Different messages get sent in different ways. If it was other individuals on our team, the punishment could be harsher. We’ll figure it out. We’ll get to a decision we feel good about that we think is fair to Austin, that’s fair to our team and fair to the University of Washington, and we’ll move on.”

SHELTON’S HAND HURTS

Defensive tackle Danny Shelton still is bothered by a broken right hand.

Shelton broke his hand early last season and is playing with a small club on it. Opposing centers focused on the injury last season, Shelton said, by swiveling themselves into position to leverage the injury.

Shelton made 45 tackles and had half a sack last season. He had four tackles for a loss, something he hopes to increase this season. He also was disappointed in his lack of consistency.

“I feel like I came through in some games,” he said. “I didn’t like how I finished.”

Shelton, who will be a junior in the fall, said he doesn’t think his hand will get much better during the spring.

CAMPBELL’S HOT SPRING

DiAndre Campbell has a grip on the starting wide receiver spot opposite Kasen Williams.

Washington has three touted receiving recruits joining the program in the fall, but Campbell and Sarkisian think it’s going to be tough for someone to wrangle the starting spot from Campbell.

Campbell caught a long touchdown Saturday during the scrimmage portion of practice to add to his consistent spring.

HARSHMAN UPDATE

A private service is scheduled this week for former UW basketball coach Marv Harshman, who died Friday. A public memorial will be announced later.

EXTRA POINTS

Running back Bishop Sankey was held out of Saturday’s practice because of “soreness,” according to Sarkisian. … The kicking competition between incumbent Travis Coons and Cameron Van Winkle appears even. … The backup quarterbacks received work Saturday during the scrimmage, too. Redshirt freshman Cyler Miles appeared to be the leader for the No. 2 QB spot followed by redshirt freshman Jeff Lindquist. Sarkisian would not commit to a depth chart.

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