From a practical standpoint, when talking about an offensive line it’s hard not to point to a tackle and say he’s the most important piece. Whether protecting a left-handed quarterback or right-handed one, the tackle tasked with protecting said signal-caller’s blind side has one of the most critical jobs on the team.
All it takes is one big hit to an unsuspecting quarterback, and a season can be lost. Even though it wasn’t a sack that took Jake Locker down in 2008, we all know what happened when he had to be replaced.
That’s why it’s easy to list Trey Adams as one of the most valuable players at Washington. The true sophomore’s main role in 2016 will be the same as it was last season: make sure Jake Browning’s shirt remains clean and his mind intact.
Browning was sacked 32 times in 2015 (seventh in the Pac-12), so Adams - as well as the rest of the Washington offensive line - certainly had their work cut out from the first snap. But with the experience he gained as a true freshman, he’s in the perfect position to make a strong jump from year one to year two. Browning’s jump as another true sophomore will help his own case, but the chemistry between Browning and Adams will only get better and better over time.
At 6-foot-8 and 306 pounds, Adams is a force of nature on the football field. With a basketball background, Adams has great footwork and has only gotten bigger, stronger, and quicker under UW Strength and Conditioning Coach Tim Socha.
It was a little disappointing that Trey couldn’t stay healthy for all of spring football, but he got his work in and should be poised for a great 2016. If he can keep Jake Browning upright, he will have earned his scholarship - and then some.