Deja vu grips Washington Football fans as news that offensive tackle Trey Adamsis out for today’s game against Auburn
This is an important season for the Washington football team. Likewise, it is an important season for senior left tackle Trey Adams. Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing in at 316 pounds, Adams is the anchor of the offensive line. But against Auburn, it’s “anchors away!”
Thanks to reports out from the Seattle Times, we know that Trey Adams did not make the trip to Atlanta, Georgia with his teammates due to injury. Thankfully, this one is not a reinjury to his knew. Rather, it is said to be an injury to his back.
Right now, the depth chart reveals that junior Jared Hilbers will be tapped to step up. Hilbers is 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds. Sizewise, he is right in the same ballpark for the Huskies line. Hilbers had been getting work at both right and left tackle. If there is a silver lining, Adams rehab leading up to this season did open up plenty of minutes for Hilbers to get work with the starting line.
What does this mean for the Washington offense? This could be huge. The 2017 version of the offense lost Trey Adams, and the passing game never seemed to recover. Whether it was a lack of familiarity with the receivers, or the knowledge that Adams did not have his blind side protected, quarterback Jake Browning never seemed to settle into any comfortable rhythm.
Now, with the Auburn defense already expect to tee off on running back Myles Gaskin, the pressure on Jake Browning to deliver in the passing game with be as high as ever in his career. That will be up to the offensive line.
With Hilbers, Luke Wattenberg, Nick Harris, Jaxson Kirkland, and Kaleb McGary on the line, they match up pretty well against what many believe to be one of the toughest defensive lines in the nation.
While this is not good news for the Huskies, it’s not the end of all optimism for the game. Adversity sometimes has a way of helping young men focus on the matter at hand. The game will dictate whether Auburn or Washington get a huge boost towards the NCAA playoff discussion. I still believe Washington has enough talent to pull out a hard-fought win today.