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Austin Seferian-Jenkins sits out against Boise State

Austin Seferian-Jenkins wore a purple No. 88 jersey and went through pregame warumps, but the preseason All-American tight end stood on the sideline during Washington’s season opener.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins wore a purple No. 88 jersey and went through pregame warmups, but the preseason All-American tight end stood on the sideline during Washington’s season opener.

Sources told the Seattle Times he would serve a one-game suspension after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge in July.

Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed after the game that Seferian-Jenkins would play in the next game against Illinois.

Sophomore Josh Perkins made his first start, finishing with one catch — an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that pushed the Huskies’ lead to 24-6.

For weeks, Sarksian has said his plans on Seferian-Jenkins’ punishments would be handled “in-house.”

Before the game, athletic director Scott Woodward told KJR-AM radio the Huskies made the right decision.

“It’s a very complex and complicated issue,” he said. “Coach and I had numerous conversations about it and we’ll always do what’s in the best interest of the program. Always.

“We’re not going to go public with what our punitive punishments are. If people need to know, from my philosophical standpoint we are rehabilitative and not punitive in how we treat our players.”

First impressions

In his first college game, freshman receiver John Ross provided glimpses as to why his coaches are comparing him to Reggie Bush and DeSean Jackson.

Ross displayed exceptional quickness while returning a kickoff 33 yards in the second half. He also caught four passes for 39 yards, including a 21-yard reception.

Redshirt freshman Dwayne Washington capped the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown scamper late in the fourth quarter. He had 54 yards on 13 carries.

Meanwhile, kicker Cameron Van Winkle had two touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

Nice return

Deontae Cooper received a big ovation from fans after his first carry, a 6-yard gain.

The junior running back made his long-awaited UW debut after three knee injuries. He finished with six carries and 8 yards.

Defensive end Hao’oli Kikaha, who missed last season because of a knee injury, had two tackles Saturday. He also batted down a pass.

Ring of Honor

Among the many features at new Husky Stadium, several fans were in awe of the Ring of Honor. The purple-and-gold banners circled the facility and depicted the likeness of former greats.

The 23 players include: Benji Olson, Roy McKasson, Ray Frankowski, Billy Joe Hobert, Warren Moon, Rick Redman, Marques Tuiasosopo, Dave Hoffmann, Steve Emtman, Mario Bailey, Jacque Robinson, George Fleming, Mark Brunell, Lincoln Kennedy, Ron Holmes, Jason Chorak, Don Heinrich, Vic Markov, Paul Schwegler, Hugh McElhenny, Bob Schloredt, Max Starcevich and Greg Lewis.

Commissioner impressed

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, who attended Saturday’s game, said the renovations at Husky Stadium are good for Washington and the conference.

“That is how programs compete for prospects. A strong UW program is really good for the conference given what an iconic brand it is and the great tradition of Husky football,” Scott said.

Note

• The Huskies honored the construction crew that helped build the $280 million facility.

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com.


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