Someday, maybe very soon, Trey Adams could become a well-paid starting offensive tackle in the NFL.
But what Adams won’t be doing, especially if those NFL executives were watching No. 7 Washington’s 63-7 victory over Montana on Saturday night at Husky Stadium, is running the football.
The junior from Wenatchee had his one shot near the end zone.
During film review, it will likely be graded as below-average, at best.
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“It looked pretty slow to me,” Huskies coach Chris Petersen said. “I thought it was going to look better than that.”
Adams’ big moment came with six minutes remaining in the first half, and the Huskies knocking on the door for another touchdown.
From the Grizzles’ 13-yard line, quarterback Jake Browning sold the defense on a pass by rolling hard toward the right sideline.
He stopped, looked back and threw a backward lateral to Adams near the left hash.
“When (UW co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith) said it was in the game plan, I was excited. And when they actually called it, I was scared,” Adams said. “And when they ran it, it was pretty fun.”
Then the hilarity of a big man running with a football ensued.
Adams did catch it cleanly, but really could not settle on which hand to carry the football in. So he put it in both, like he was picking up an upright pipe out of the ground.
“He was running, and switching the ball from side to side,” Browning said. “It was funny to see.”
Once the 6-foot-8, 327-pounder started taking off toward the goal line, he rumbled along in slow motion.
“I could see the end zone,” said Adams, who admitted he got one other carry at Wenatchee High School on a 2-point conversion run, which he scored. “And then, it was just bad.
“Just couldn’t finish, guys.”
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He got to the 4. And that is where it all ended after a 9-yard gain.
“I thought he had a little more in him than that,” Huskies wide receiver Dante Petts said. “I was a little disappointed.”
UW sports information officials said passes have been thrown to offensive linemen in past games. But they could not recall the last time one had a rushing attempt on a designed run play.
“He broke a lot of hearts tonight,” Petersen joked. “A lot of linemen across the country were very sad that he didn’t get in, and then fumbled. We will work on knee drive and ball security starting (Sunday).”
MONTANA NATIVE SCORES TWICE
Coming into Saturday, UW tight end Will Dissly had one career touchdown catch.
But with Drew Sample (leg) sidelined, Dissly’s pass-catching role expanded against the Grizzlies, whom he rooted against as a kid being a Montana State fan from Bozeman, Montana.
Dissly caught a 20-yard touchdown with 44 seconds remaining in the first half, then scored the Huskies’ next touchdown on a 3-yard reception in the third quarter.
“I was fortunate to get the ball in my hands and do some good things,” Dissly said.
The UW’s 63 points tied for the fourth-most since 1945 — and the most in a home opener since 1971 when the Huskies beat Santa Barbara, 65-7. Eight different players scored a touchdown Saturday. ... With his 22 completions, Browning now has 515 for his career. He becomes the fourth UW quarterback to amass 500 or more completions, joining Cody Pickett (821), Keith Price (757) and Jake Locker (619). ... Browning’s two touchdown passes pushed his career total to 63, trails and Price, the all-time school leader, by 12. ...
Linebacker Keishawn Bierria recorded his seventh career fumble recovery after a sack of Montana quarterback Reese Phillips in the second quarter. He is one shy of the UW record of eight, shared by Chico Fraley (1988-91), Ricky Andrews (1985-88) and Travis Richardson (1978-90). ... Lincoln High School product Jusstis Warren not only had his first career tackle Saturday, he led the team with his 1 1/2 sacks. He also forced a fumble. ... Running backs Salvon Ahmed (1-yarder) and Sean McGrew (3-yarder) had their first career touchdowns in the fourth quarter.