Washington LT Trey Adams likely to return to school

Trey Adams, shown here after tearing his ACL last October, had back surgery in September. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington Huskies' senior left tackle Trey Adams, who entered the season as a projected first-rounder but hasn't played due to a back injury, plans to return to school for a fifth season of eligibility, coach Chris Petersen said Monday at his weekly press conference.

"I think that's the plan right now," Petersen said, according to the Seattle Times. "But, you know, things are always fluid."

Adams has made 32 career starts but actually hasn't played since midway through the 2017 season, when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. After rehabbing that, he suffered a back injury in practice before the season-opener and opted for surgery.

Adams (6-7, 327) was first-team All-Pac-12 as a sophomore in 2016.

He began the season at No. 15 on the Big Board of NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang, who wrote:

"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."

If Adams does return for the 2019 season, he likely will be protecting Georgia transfer quarterback Jacob Eason, who figures to step in for departing senior Jake Browning.