GHHS grad selected in NFL draft

Tampa Bay Buccaneers select tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Gateway news servicesMay 14, 2014 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins stretches out to pull down a touchdown pass during a Pac-12 game against Oregon at in Seattle on Oct. 12, 2013.

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Gig Harbor High School graduate and University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was drafted No. 38 overall in the second round of the NFL draft last weekend by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end had 36 receptions for 450 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

“I’m going to bring explosiveness,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I’m going to bring playmaking ability. I’m going to bring blocking. I’m going to bring an all-around tight end that can play on all three downs and a guy that’s going to work hard and chase Super Bowls and try to win as many games as possible for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization.”

Seferian-Jenkins owns Washington records for season (69) and career (146) receptions by a tight end; season (850) and career (1,838) receiving yards by a tight end; and career (21) touchdowns by a tight end.

Seferian-Jenkins earned spots on the Associated Press All-America third team and the All-Pac-12 second team in 2013, when he caught 36 passes for 450 yards and a team-best eight touchdowns.

Seferian-Jenkins’ most productive season came in 2012, when he caught 69 passes for 850 yards and seven TDs, earning third-team All-America and second-team All-Pac-12.

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