Adams, a preseason All-American, makes his season debut in the second quarter against Oregon State.
Talk about a big lift.
Washington’s 6-foot-8 left tackle, Trey Adams, suited up in his No. 72 purple jersey and made his season debut in the second quarter of the Huskies’ home finale against Oregon State on Saturday afternoon.
Adams hadn’t played in 13 months, since sustaining a torn ACL against Arizona State in October 2017.
A preseason all-American, Adams in August was on track to return from the knee injury for the start of this season until he suffered a back injury four days before the Huskies’ season opener against Auburn.
Saturday, Adams went throughout regular warmups and lined up at left tackle with the No. 2 offensive line during the final team snaps. Junior Jared Hilbers again got the start at left tackle.
Washington did not make Adams available for interviews after the game.
“It was good to see (Adams) out there,” UW quarterback Jake Browning said. “It’s been a long time coming and obviously he’s been a big part of our offense when he’s been able to play, so it’s nice to have him back. But I do also think Jared Hilbers has been doing a pretty good job in there too. It’s not that, oh, Trey’s back so just forget about Jared. Jared’s been doing some pretty good stuff for us.”
Beavers vs. Beavers
Coming off their bye week, there was more good news for the No. 17 Huskies on the injury front: Senior defensive lineman Shane Bowman, senior cornerback Jordan Miller and junior nickelback Myles Bryant were all in uniform and played in the first half Saturday.
Miller and Bryant both missed UW’s victory over Stanford with an undisclosed injury. Bowman had been out the past six games with a broken foot.
“All year we were like, dang, we hated that we had the bye this late,” Miller said. “But, honestly, it worked out perfect for us. I needed that bye for sure, and it got guys healthy.”
Also back: DJ Beavers.
Beavers, a junior linebacker, had not played since the Huskies’ season opener because of an undisclosed injury. Beavers started the opener against Auburn, and his absence had left UW extremely thin at inside linebacker.
“It’s nice to get DJ back out there too,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “We didn’t count on him being out this long. He didn’t, the doctors didn’t, that’s why it’s hard sometimes to set timelines because they can turn out so different and this one did. It’s nice to have him back out there for these next few games.
— Oregon State freshman running back Jermar Jefferson rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries against the Huskies, and UW’s Ben Burr–Kirven, for one, was impressed. “Four years from now, he’s going to be a guy who’s going to go in the first round, probably,” Burr-Kirven said. “He reminds me a lot of Myles (Gaskin), just the way he runs the ball, the patience. He’s the best guy we’ve seen this year. He’s pretty special.”
— The game Saturday was the 51st for UW’s senior class. The group has a 37-14 record. Defensive tackle Greg Gaines is the only player to play in all 51 of those games. Keishawn Bierria, with 54, holds the UW record for most games played
— The Huskies are 38-0 when scoring 31 or more points in the Petersen era.
— Among the players honored during UW’s pregame senior ceremony were juniors Austin Joyner, Michael Neal and Josh Rasmussen. Joyner, the former Marysville-Pilchuck High School standout, retired last month after suffering multiple concussions in his career.
— On the very first play of his UW career, Edefuan Ulofoshio, a freshman walk-on linebacker from Anchorage forced a fumble on kickoff coverage in the first quarter. UW’s Elijah Molden recovered to set up the Huskies’ offense for its third touchdown drive. Ulofoshio did it again on the opening kickoff of the second half, forcing a fumble that the Beavers wound up recovering. “(Ulofoshio) has been awesome since day one when we got him here,” Petersen said. “Practices his tail off, he’s got great energy. We’ve been talking about getting him in games, defensive coaches have been trying, finally we get him in there and he’s forcing fumbles. It’s awesome for a guy who’s been working his tail off since we got him here.”
— Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Joe Tryon made his first career start for the Huskies. He finished with three tackles and several quarterback pressures.
— True freshman linebacker MJ Tafisi made his second appearance for the Huskies and recorded his first career tackle on kickoff coverage in the first half.
— Redshirt freshman running back Kamari Pleasant did not suit up and is “week to week,” Petersen said.
— Members of UW’s 1977 Pac-10 championship team (the ’78 Rose Bowl champs) were recognized as the Husky Legends before the start of the fourth quarter. Carol James, Don James’ widow, joined them on the field.
— Oregon State’s Jesiah Irish, a Mount Si High product, was down for several minutes after taking an awkward hit on a kick return in the third quarter. He was helped to his feet and then escorted to the sideline by trainers. Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith said after the game that Irish sustained a concussion.