Junior Trey Adams, the Huskies’ mountain of a left tackle, is even bigger this season, and is working hard to get better in every aspect of his game.

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This is not good news for opposing defensive linemen.

Junior Trey Adams, the Huskies’ mountain of a left tackle, is even bigger this season, and is working hard to get better in every aspect of his game.

“Everything,” Adams said, on what areas he can improve. “Whether it’s run or pass (blocking), playing strong. Nobody’s perfect. I want to be more crafty, that kind of thing.”

That’s got to be scary for those who oppose Adams, who added 10 pounds in the offseason. He is listed at 6 feet 8 and 327 pounds and is well on his way to becoming one of the great offensive linemen in UW history.

He started nine games at tackle as a true freshman and last season, as a sophomore, was first-team All-Pac-12 and a second-team All-American by the Football Writers. Expectations are high this season, not only for Adams, but for the offensive line, which lost starting left guard Jake Eldrenkamp to graduation but is otherwise intact.

But Adams, who starred in football and basketball at Wenatchee High School and is unnaturally agile for a man his size, seems unfazed by the accolades coming his way.

“I just want to be a good teammate, focus on my team and getting back to where we were last year, winning the Pac-12,” Adams said. “I’m just excited to get to work, and it’s fun being back.”

Adams said he put on the 10 pounds by “eating good” and working out every day. He also credited the team’s strength coach, Tim Socha, whom Adams said is awesome. Adams also spent time hanging out with his fellow linemen.

“I’d say we are as close as we have ever been on the line,” he said. “We did a lot of offseason bonding stuff. It’s been a fun summer, and it’s going to be a fun season.”

Adams has impressed Scott Huff, the team’s new offensive-line coach.

“Trey is a good guy, and a good player,” Huff said. “He competes and he wants to be the best. He’s got the right mindset, and I expect him to have a good season.”

Huff noted that while Adams has started for two seasons, he is just in his third year in the program as a true junior.

The coach agrees with Adams’ assertion that there are many areas in which he can improve.

“He’s got a lot of things to get better at, and he would be the first one to admit it,” Huff said. “He’s really only played two years. He has a lot of experience but he’s still growing, getting stronger and coming into his body.

“So there are a lot of things (he can improve). Something as simple as his first step in pass protection, to hand placement, the list goes on and on. I think he knows how to do everything, it’s just consistently doing it.”

Setting quantitative goals for a lineman is not easy, but Adams does have a list of things he wants to achieve.

“I want to be the best technician I can be,” he said. “I want to have fun, be friendly, but mean on the field.”

But Adams realizes that he is just one cog in the offensive line. He said that for a good play to happen, all five linemen need to do their job. Huff, after the first few days of practice, likes the group’s attitude.

“They’re a great group of guys and they’re willing to work and compete and those are the two most important ingredients,” Huff said.

Note

Adams was a high-school teammate of Washington State All-American guard Cody O’Connell, who at 6 feet 9, 368 pounds, is one of the few players Adams literally looks up at. The two played together at Wenatchee when Adams was a sophomore and O’Connell was a senior.

“I always looked up to him,” Adams said of O’Connell. “He just led by example. I just watched him every play. I did what I could do every day, act like a senior, and be more mature than I (was).”

And Adams’ take on two of the best and biggest linemen in the country coming from Wenatchee?

“It’s kind of weird,” he said. “I guess it’s something in the water.”