Austin Seferian-Jenkins may be a freshman, but he's a little different than his fellow classmates. Since he was a part of spring football practice, the big tight end from Gig Harbor was available to talk to the media on Tuesday. And he drew a crowd of reporters as he talked for the first time about graduating early and practicing this spring with the team and the advantages that came with it.
“My advice to people who want to do it – do it,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “It helps you out tremendously. It gives you an advantage over all the other people in the competition. It just gets your mind right for fall camp and things like this.”
It’s why he’s even giving his classmates advice during practice.
“Whenever something happens when they’re having a hard time or something like that, I make sure they just keep going,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “It’s only their second day here, so some of them are too hard on themselves. And I was doing the same thing in spring ball. I just try to give them helpful encouragement so they can get better and make this team better.”I don't know how good Seferian-Jenkins can be immediately. But he's clearly the best player at his position. Michael Hartvigson looks healthy after season-ending shoulder surgery, and Marlion Barnett is pretty athletic. But neither brings the presence that Seferian-Jenkins does, particularly in the red zone. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said they could possibly use some two tight end sets, I would expect to see it quite often early on to see if it's a viable part of their offensive package.
Here's Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald's story about ASJ
Defensive linemen Everette Thompson talks with 950 KJR
From around the Pac 10 ...
Vince Grippi of the Spokesman Review writes about the meaning of a player's number.
It's an interesting idea. It was interesting to see Kasen Williams wearing No. 2, a number that's only been worn a handful of times.
Lindsey Schnell of the Oregonian has a blog post with some links and asks the question: Will Willie Lyles every go away?
In a word, "No." In several words, until Chip Kelly and Oregon come out and address it more than they have, then it will continue to linger. And a word of caution, if you see Dan Wetzel or Charles Robinson of Yahoo walking around campus, you might be in more trouble.
Paul Buker of the Oregonian has this story on assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh and his colorful personality.
Kyle Ringo of the Boulder Daily Camera writes about head coach Jon Embree naming a freshman as his starting kicker.
Lya Woodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune has a story about a true freshmen challenging for starting safety spot for Utah
John Crumpacker of the SF Chronicle writes about all the freshmen that could be starting for the Cal defense
You have heard this before, but USC has some depth at tailback. Gary Klein of the LA Times writes about DJ Morgan and his strong showing at tailback.
UCLA got a couple of transfers eligible to play yesterday.