Washington had another late-night practice Tuesday. I’m in Las Vegas, so our columnist Dave Boling was there. Steve Sarkisian said that star sophomore tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be suspended indefinitely and kept away from the team pending the investigation into his citation for allegedly driving under the influence last Saturday night.
Here are Sarkisian’s thoughts on the matter:
“I think we would all say it’s disappointing. We miss him. Pending the investigation and where he’s at, he’s currently suspended from our football team. Then, when the investigation is complete, we’ll make the decisions necessary based on our team’s rules and our school policy that are fair to him and fair to us, then we’ll move forward. We’ll support him. Austin’s a good kid. He made some mistakes, but we’ll continue to support him.”
Asked if Seferian-Jenkins is injured, Sarkisian said, “No. It’s sheerly a suspension that’s based on our student-athlete handbook, where if they’re pending investigation, they’re currently suspended. And that’s the case Austin’s in right now.
“You grow close to these guys. You grow close to them throughout the recruiting process and then as you move forward. So much of only what we see is on the field. A lot goes on behind closed doors and Austin is as close to me as anyone of these guys. I think that’s the part that hurts. When you see one of your kids make a mistake just as if it were one of your own, it stings because you look at yourself. Could I have done more? Could I have helped him, maybe, more? Could I have helped him make better decisions? That part makes it difficult. But, I do know that Austin’s in the right frame of mind that he’s going to learn from this, and he’ll be better for it in the end. And, I think our entire football team will as well.”
Because of wind gusts off Lake Washington, the Tuesday evening practice was moved from the east practice field to inside the Dempsey fieldhouse.