Adams won't play in Atlanta

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Trey Adams, possibly Washington's best player, is an injury casualty for Auburn

A Southern setback already.

Adam Jude of the Seattle Times reports from Atlanta that senior Trey Adams, Washingtons superlative left offensive tackle, wont be in the trenches today for the Auburn game:

Its hard to go into a big scrum when you dont have all your football weapons available.

Adams apparently has a back injury, this coming after missing a good portion of his junior season with a knee injury. He was left home. Starting left guard Luke Wattenberg, a sophomore, replaced Adams at tackle last season and could move over a spot today.

The Wenatchee, Wash., product in some circles has been described as the Pac-12s top NFL prospect, so this is a major blow. He was a first-team, all-conference selection as a sophomore, further demonstrating his talent level.

Just two years ago, I met Adams for the first time, as he prepared to play in Atlanta against Alabama, and was dumbfounded by his physique. I previously was in awe of the size of Lincoln Kennedy, but this was totally different. Adams was somewhat lean for a 300-pounder, more resembling a giant tight end. He has the nasty temperament to be a great player, too, mowing people down with his exceptional blocking skills. When he's healthy, the NFL will love this guy.

Auburn, you got a big break here.