SEATTLE – Austin Seferian-Jenkins will continue this week to refine moves in order to free himself of two opposition players at once. He’ll just be doing it out of a three-point stance.
During last week’s 34-15 win over Utah, Seferian-Jenkins, already the best tight end in Huskies history as a sophomore, was inserted on third down to rush the passer as a defensive end.
It was a surprise move from coach Steve Sarkisian, largely necessitated by injuries and a general lack of a pass rush. Washington is tied with Colorado for 10th in the conference in sacks with 17. That’s just two ahead of last-place Arizona.
So, as a part-time solution, Sarkisian dispatched Seferian- Jenkins to the right side of the defensive line Saturday, but only on third down. That moved end Andrew Hudson inside and put Josh Shirley on the opposite side.
“I thought he was relatively successful at doing that in the game,” Sarkisian said. “Obviously, he didn’t just beat the tackle and sack the quarterback, but he allowed us to move Hudson down inside to do some things from getting more speed on the field and utilizing that … I think that helped Andrew and he got a sack later in the ballgame because of that.”