It has not been a great week for Washington senior offensive tackle Trey Adams.
After spending much of the past year rehabilitating his surgically-repaired right ACL, the All-American and projected first round pick had appeared on pace to start his 2018 season with his Husky teammates this past Saturday against Auburn in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.
Instead, Adams was left in Seattle after suffering an injury to his back prior to the game that Adam Jude of the Seattle Times is reporting could keep the 6-7, 327 pounder sidelined for much of the season and perhaps even trigger a redshirt year, should the senior want to return for a fifth season of college ball.
Washington head coach Chris Petersen refused to confirm the prognosis Monday during his normal in-season weekly press conference.
When asked about Adams' timetable for returning to the field, Petersen vented.
"You guys tell me, you guys got all the answers," Petersen said.
"I mean I'm serious. I always try and respect your guys' process, but you guys don't respect our process. I haven't met with Trey or his parents. We're meeting later with the doctors and all that. We've got guys in this room reaching out to Trey when they hear he's out, which everybody in here knows we don't reach out to our kids. That whole thing is really frustrating to us."
Adams enters his senior campaign with 32 starts already under his belt, all at left tackle, where he earned First Team All-Pac-12 honors from league coaches as a true sophomore in 2016.
While massive, Adams is surprisingly light on his feet and balanced in pass protection. His size, strength and finishing mentality also make him a standout run blocker, behind whom Myles Gaskin, a fellow NFL prospect, has rushed for over 1,000 yards each of the past three seasons.
Adams' injury bears watching. While he is among the elite senior prospects in the country (checking in 15th overall on my personal Big Board), his medical will be critical in determining his final grade.
Washington fans do not have to look too far back to remember former Huskies star Chris Polk, who despite obvious NFL talent of his own, fell completely out of the 2012 NFL draft due to concerns raised during his medical evaluation at the Combine.