Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a fluctuating Saturday afternoon.
He committed a holding penalty in the first quarter that negated a 43-yard pass completion from Keith Price to Jaydon Mickens.
In the second quarter, he was called for a false start on a third-and-1 play.
But, he rallied following the second error. Seferian-Jenkins bullied his way for a 40-yard reception on the next play, initially overwhelming a diminutive cornerback before dragging three defenders down the field.
Three plays later, Seferian-Jenkins was celebrating his first touchdown of the season with his teammates.
He came off the field and coach Steve Sarkisian pulled him aside for a talk. Seferian-Jenkins said the topic was between him and his coach, but there was an overall message.
“He had a play that wasn’t maybe his best play and they called a holding on him,” Sarkisian said. “It took him almost a series or two to respond to that, because he was so hard on himself for it, which he doesn’t need to be.”
For all his talent, discarding the negative was a key issue for Seferian-Jenkins coming into this season, one he talked about in fall camp. It’s one he continues to grapple with out of desperation to be perfect.
“He got outside of me,” Seferian-Jenkins said of the defender he was flagged for holding. “He was going to hit Keith. I said, ‘I don’t really care. I’m going to make sure he doesn’t hit Keith,’ and that’s what happens. I need to get better. I need to move my feet quicker and get my hand placement inside.”
Seferian-Jenkins made five catches for 78 yards Saturday. He moved into sixth all-time in receptions among Washington tight ends with 61 in a mere 16 games. He’s just one catch behind David Williams. Mark Bruener (1991-94) holds the record with 95.
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Price continues to pile up numbers of his own despite the varying offensive line in front of him.
Mike Criste started at right tackle, James Atoe at right guard, Drew Schaefer at center, Dexter Charles at left guard and Micah Hatchie at left tackle.
Price was still able to add three touchdown passes to move into sole possession of fourth for most career touchdown passes by a Washington quarterback with 39. He entered the day tied with Damon Huard. Up next are Jake Locker and Brock Huard, who have 53 touchdowns each. Cody Pickett has 55.
Sarkisian is choosing to be mum about team injuries now after games. Offensive tackle Colin Tanigawa (knee) did not play, and defensive tackle Danny Shelton limped off the field early in the second quarter, and was seen having his foot wrapped. When asked about Shelton’s status, Sarkisian quickly responded, “He’ll be OK.” And after he was asked if he knew of the severity of Tanigawa’s knee injury, he said, “Not yet.” Charles (left guard) and Criste (right tackle) made their first career starts for the Huskies, as did receiver DiAndre Campbell. Atoe saw extensive work at right tackle after starting at right guard. When Shane Brostek appeared on the UW offensive line late in the first quarter, he became the ninth true freshman to play for the Huskies this season. Tre Watson’s 79-yard return of a blocked field goal for a touchdown was the Hsukies’ first since Roc Alexander took one back 77 yards against Michigan in 2001. Former cornerback Walter Bailey (1990-92) was the “Husky Legend” honored at the end of the third firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/uwsports