Steve Sarkisian addressed how he is viewing the process with star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was charged with DUI following a March 9 accident in the U-District and is currently suspended from the team. Here’s what Sarkisian said Saturday:
“We knew this would be the process with him, that’s why we tried to stay ahead of it from the very beginning. I think to Austin’s credit, so far he’s continually doing things we asked him to do so that, when we deem the appropriate time, he can earn himself (a spot) back on our roster.
“He’s a good kid who made a bad decision and made a mistake. He’s learned from it. He’s obviously going to have to pay the price from it. Hopefully, for the rest of our organization can learn from that mistake, as well as others that make that mistake, and we can move forward. I’m always one that looks for the positive in things and I think Austin will be better for it, I think our team will be better for it off the field, I think we’ll be better for it on the field. We’re getting some valuable experience out of Micahel Hartvigson, Evan Hudson and Josh Perkins right now. When we get austin back on board when he earns himself back on this football team, he’ll be hungry and ready to go.
“I think every situation is different. I have 105 sons on this team. I know them on a very close and intimate level. I see them every day. They’re in my office every day. I know of other mistakes that our guys make that you guys don’t know about. I know the type of individual Austin is. I know what he means to our community. I know the great work he does in our community. I know the type of student he is. 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.”