Hoops Helped Seferian-JenkinsMay 9th, 2014
If the Bucs wanted athletes, then they sure are getting them. Basketball types in fact.
Yesterday, the Bucs selected wide receiver Mike Evans, who turned down a basketball scholarship to the University of Texas. Tonight, the Bucs got another hoops head, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the University of Washington, where he also played basketball.
Seferian-Jenkins explained in a conference call with the Tampa Bay pen and mic club how much hoops helped his football skills.
“Oh, it helps me so much,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “Being able to play basketball at a high level, [you are] adjusting to the ball in midair. You [develop] quick hands, quick feet. That stuff all translates to playing tight end.”
Seferian-Jenkins said that he is a complete tight end, not one-dimensional.
“I will bring explosiveness and a play-making ability and I am going to bring blocking and [be] an all around tight end that can play all three downs,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I’m a guy that is going to work hard and chase Super Bowls and try to win as many games as possible.”
On an interesting side note, Seferian-Jenkins did a number on Jeff Tedford’s Cal squads. In 2011, he had four catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. In 2012, Seferian-Jenkins caught eight passes for 154 yards and a touchdown.
Guess he made a helluva impression on the Bucs offensive coordinator.