Left tackle Trey Adams sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and cornerback Jordan Miller broke his ankle on one of the game's final plays.
Washington lost two starters to season-ending injuries during Saturday night’s loss at Arizona State.
Left tackle Trey Adams sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and cornerback Jordan Miller broke his ankle on one of the game’s final plays.
UW coach Chris Petersen announced the season-ending injuries Monday.
“Both those guys — it’s hard,” Petersen said. “But I will say we’ve got some tough, resilient kids. I mean, I think I was in the very shower at the very end — Jordan Miller and I were the last two. And I’m just looking at him shaking my head. He’s got a cast on his leg and he said, ‘I’m going to get up to 200 pounds! I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. Now I’m just going to put a bunch of weight on and I’ll be ready.’
“Man, that’s what he’s saying and it’s just awesome. But it stings those guys and it’s hard and it’ll probably be harder in a few weeks when it all settles in and they’re not out there anymore. But they’ll be back down the road and they will both be better players and they’ll probably appreciate this game a little more just from having to sit out.”
The No. 12 Huskies, idle this week, have now lost three starters to season-ending injuries. Wide receiver Chico McClatcher was lost to a broken ankle last month.
Senior reserve tight end David Ajamu was also lost to a broken ankle during fall camp, and Petersen said Miller’s ankle injury is “the exact same” as McClatcher and Ajamu’s.
Adams, a 6-foot-8, 327-pound junior, was a first-team all-Pac-12 selection in 2016. Many project him as a first-round NFL draft pick.
Senior Andrew Kirkland replaced Adams at left tackle against Arizona State. Redshirt freshman Luke Wattenberg will also be in the mix at left tackle, Petersen said.
Miller, a 6-1, 184-pound junior from Oceanside, Calif., is in his first season as a starting cornerback and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. The Huskies are already without another starting cornerback, Byron Murphy, who is expected to return from a broken foot at some point this season.
In Miller’s place, the Huskies would likely turn to either true freshmen Elijah Molden and Keith Taylor or junior Jomon Dotson, a former running back.