Senior left tackle Trey Adams has had a long journey as a Husky with plenty of ups and downs. He was receiving 1st round draft choice hype before a leg injury cut his junior season short. He was on schedule to return for the start of the 2018 season, but a back injury held him out for 10 games. He eventually returned to action against Oregon State, played extensively against the Cougars, and started in the PAC-12 Championship. He’s eligible under the new redshirt rules to retain his final year of eligibility. He confirmed that he will be returning for the 2019 season.
“I am. I will be here next year,” Adams told Dawgman.com Saturday. “I’m coming back next year. That’s kind of my deal. I’m not worried about the NFL and that stuff. I feel like I need another year to develop.”
Adams reflected on his long career as a Husky following practice on Saturday.
“The time goes by fast,” he said. “It kind of just happens. When you look back and you’re like ‘wow.’ I think Kaleb (McGary) has started a little over 40 games. I’ve started a little over 30 games and you look back and think ‘wow, I’ve played a lot of football and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it.’ I look forward to more games and I look forward to all that stuff.”
The 6-foot-8 Wenatchee native has quickly returned to old form after missing over a year of football with his ailments. The former first team all conference tackle reflected on his return to action.
“It was a long time coming,” said Adams. “I’ve been out and had three surgeries and it was just kind of surreal and I just didn’t think it would happen and it did happen. I knew I would get back, but you never know what it’s going to feel like until you actually get there. I’ve had so many struggles and ups and downs in the last two years that it was so rewarding and I’m so happy to be out there again. Even going to practice I really – I enjoy it. It’s what I came here to do and I’m finally working on it.”
With three surgeries over the course of two seasons, Adams had to endure physical and mental challenges. Rehabbing from injury, getting back into football shape, and regaining confidence in his ability and health were among the struggles that surrounded his recovery process. For the talented offensive linemen, a strong support group and a positive mindset helped him work his way back onto the field.
“The worst days,” Adams said. “They were bad. I woke up one morning and I couldn’t even walk my back hurt so bad. I just remember laying on the floor and I had to have Nick (Harris) bring me food. I tried to make it as positive as I can, but people don’t understand what all goes into getting surgery, what all goes into getting injured and the mental and physical pain that you go through. I like to call myself a positive dude. I never really got too down. It was all a learning experience, all fun, made it as fun as it could be.”
Adams started in Washington’s Rose Bowl clinching win over the Utah Utes, helping the Huskies earn their way back to Pasadena for the first time in 18 years. Adams was pleased to help Washington to their third consecutive New Years Six Bowl appearance; however, he’s mostly glad to get another opportunity to play another game and improve his craft.
“100 percent yeah,” said Adams, matter-of-factly. “I would be happy going to any bowl game. The Rose Bowl is definitely going to be awesome. Ohio State is going to be awesome. Disneyland is going to be fun. Hopefully I can fit on the rides. I’m excited to keep practicing and getting better, focusing on the little things that we can do, and watching this team grow into possibly a Rose Bowl Champion team.”