What’s up with Trey Adams?
On Saturday night, ESPN broadcasters Steve Levy and Brian Griese wanted to know, pointing out more than once during Washington’s 21-7 victory over Utah how the Huskies have stubbornly resisted giving any explanation about their talented offensive tackle’s prolonged absence amid media reports that he’s injured and out for the season.
“Washington continues to be vague about Trey Adams’ status,” Levy noted with chagrin midway through the first quarter in Salt Lake City. “There’s nothing definitive, but the Seattle Times ran a headline that said Adams had season-ending back surgery.”
It’s all part of the overly secretive policy that Washington and most other college football teams have adopted toward controlling player information and maintaining a competitive edge, one that borders on the ridiculous at times.
Following the Washington-Auburn opener, Huskies coach Chris Petersen extolled the determined, warrior-like abilities of D.J. Beavers, mentioning at his Monday morning news conference how the junior inside linebacker always comes to play. What Petersen didn’t offer was that Beavers wouldn’t be on the field that Saturday against North Dakota, held out by some sort of undisclosed leg injury. Beavers didn’t take part in the Utah game either.
The Huskies’ offensive line appeared to be down three starters as the game pulled to a close late Saturday night. Again Adams, a former first-team, All-Pac-12 selection and a budding NFL prospect, hasn’t played all season, with Petersen adamantly refusing to talk about the senior, apparently feeling compromised that a media member or members directly contacted the player for an update.
Starting center Nick Harris, a junior who sat out the North Dakota game with an undisclosed injury, was helped off the field late in the third quarter against Utah with some sort of leg ailment and his situation is unclear.
Starting left guard Luke Wattenberg, a sophomore, didn’t play the last few series against the Utes, giving way to redshirt freshman Henry Bainvalu, possibly for no other reason than to further season the younger player.
The guys in the ESPN booth also wanted to know why back-up running back Salvon Ahmed, a talented sophomore, didn’t play more. Was he injured, too? But no sooner than the broadcast team posed these questions, the speedster took consecutive handoffs.
The Huskies (2-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) next will host Arizona State (2-1, 0-0) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at home in another televised ESPN game—that much is known.