Upbeat Seferian-Jenkins thankful for wake-up call
Austin Seferian-Jenkins still is battling for a starting job but the oft-injured Bucs tight end has a healthy attitude.
Seferian-Jenkins, who is running with the second team offense, said he benefitted from the 'wake up call,' he received in June when head coach Dirk Koetter tossed him out of a practice during an Organized Team Activity.
“He’s a detail oriented guy,'' Seferian-Jenkins said of Koetter. "If I want to be a great player that I’m capable of being, and I think I can be a really special player, I’ve got to be detail oriented. And coach Koetter is not going to let be below that. He wants me to be a great player and he won’t settle for me being average, he won’t settle for me being good and he won’t settle for me being great. I want to be special. He wants me to be special and I’m working towards that and I respect him to the fullest. I thank God every single day he kicked me out of practice. He was a wake up call.
"Since then, I’ve been enjoying every single moment I’ve had. I’ve loved it. I love coach Koetter. I love all our coaches. I love my teammates. I love the competition in our tight end room. I love the competition from our D-ends. It’s just been great all around. I’m really seizing opportunities and I’m loving just being out here playing football.''
Seferian-Jenkins is getting second-team reps at tight end behind starter Cameron Brate.