Sarkisian statement on Seferian-Jenkins

For those who missed the news Sunday afternoon, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was cited Saturday night for suspicion of driving under the influence.

He was arrested in Seattle -- in an area known as the University District -- and was released from the precinct, which isn't uncommon.

Here's the full statement from Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian:

“We are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. We are taking the matter very seriously. Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington. He will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies. We will continue to support Austin throughout this process, while also holding him accountable and responsible for his actions.”

A Washington official said through email that neither Sarkisian, Seferian-Jenkins or any other department officials would have further comment.

Seferian-Jenkins, a finalist for the Mackey Award last year for the nation's top tight ends, is again expected to be one of the nation's best at the position in 2013 and potentially a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Last year he caught 69 balls for 852 yards and seven touchdowns.

In the past, players at other Pac-12 schools who have had off-field issues have usually been suspended for a game or two to start the season. Washington opens its season Aug. 31 at newly-remodeled Husky Stadium against Boise State in a rematch of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. That's followed by a Sept. 14 trip to Soldier Field in Chicago against Illinois.