Fittingly, the Washington Huskies last touchdown of 2013 came via tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
That’s because it was also the last touchdown of the junior’s extraordinary collegiate career.
“I’m going to enter the 2014 draft,” Seferian-Jenkins said, via The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude. “The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level in the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world…I’m very excited for the next chapter in my life.”
Seferian-Jenkins finished with three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s Fight Hunger Bowl 31-16 victory over BYU on Friday. His score came on a 16-yard reception with 11:12 remaining in the third quarter to put the Huskies up 28-16.
This season’s John Mackey Award winner and second-team All-Pac-12 selection, Seferian-Jenkins was graded as a second-round draft choice in the NFL evaluation he requested earlier this month.
“I’ve done everything I can at the University of Washington. I know I’m ready for the NFL,” he said. “I need to take care of my mom and make sure she’s financially OK. She’s done so much for me, it’s the least thing I can do.”
The Fox Island, Wash., native concludes his 2013 campaign with 36 catches for 450 yards and eight touchdowns. In his three-year career with the Huskies, he’s recorded 146 catches for 1,840 yards and 21 scores—all three are school records among tight ends.
Needless to say, Washington will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for Seferian-Jenkins.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.