The Washington Huskies received some good news on Monday. Offensive lineman Trey Adams who hasn’t played in any games this season, is planning to return in 2019.
Prior to Washington’s season opening game against Auburn this season, Adams underwent back surgery that has sidelined him in 2018. Petersen told the media on Monday that there were no guarantees, but Adams intends on being back on the field for Washington next season.
“I think that’s the plan right now,” Petersen told The News Tribune. “But, you know, things are always fluid.”
Adams is a Washington native who hails from Wenatchee. Adams was a four-star recruit and the No. 31 player at his position in the 2015 signing class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Adams immediately made an impact after getting to campus. Adams played in 10 games as a true freshman and started in nine of those. Adams really started to reach his potential as a sophomore in 2016. He started in all of the Huskies’ 14 games that season and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team and named a second-team All-American. Since then, the injury bug has hampered what should have been a fantastic career. Adams started seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. He hasn’t taken the field since, but he was still projected to be drafted to the NFL next spring. Getting Adams back for the 2019 season would be a huge boost for the Huskies.
Back in 2016, Adams was already emerging as a leader for the Huskies. He wasn’t afraid to give an honest evaluation of his play and put the onus on himself to get better.
“I think I’m playing good,” Adams said back in 2016. “I’ve had some games where I’ve struggled, but I’m really trying to step my game up as I need to, as we look down the season and get into harder play. I think our back schedule is going to be a lot harder than our beginning schedule. I’ve got to play better. Everyone’s got to play better.”
Adams’ presence has been missed on the field. Thus far in 2018, Washington quarterbacks have hit the turf 17 times. That number may be a little lower if Adams was blocking on the offensive line.
Should Adams make his return next season, he’ll be blocking for a starting quarterback not named Jake Browning. That would be a first for Adams, who has been protecting Browning since they were freshmen back in 2015. That transition under center will be made a little easier with Adams holding off opposing defensive linemen.
In the meantime, the Huskies have to try to find a way to climb back to the top of the Pac-12 North standings. That division could very well come down to the Apple Cup on Nov. 23.