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Freshman gives UW dual-sport athlete

Seferian-Jenkins joins basketball

SEATTLE – Austin Seferian-Jenkins knows what fans of the University of Washington football team might be thinking right about now. As the freshman tight end-turned-power forward begins life as a dual-sport star, a good part of Husky Nation is undoubtedly worried more about his ankles than his jump shot.

And yet as the 6-foot-7, 270-pound Seferian-Jenkins prepared to take part in his first practice as a UW basketball player Monday afternoon, he wasn’t thinking about the possibility of injury.

“I can hurt myself walking down the street,” the former two-sport star at Gig Harbor High School said shortly after Huskies basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced he had been added to the team. “I’ve done this (playing two sports) before.

“I can’t predict the future. If I get hurt, I get hurt. But I’m not going to play like I’ve got to be careful. I’m going to go all out, and whatever happens happens. I play with no fear and no reservation.”

The UW football team’s prized recruit of the Class of 2011 is expanding his game, so to speak, by following in the footsteps of former Huskies dual-sport star Nate Robinson. Seferian-Jenkins, whose frame makes for more apt comparisons to former dual players like current NFL stars Tony Gonzalez, Julius Peppers and Antonio Gates, hopes to be a part of the Huskies basketball rotation this season.

Everett Herald