HERO Sports is counting down the days until the kickoff of the 2018 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 25, by featuring the best player in the FBS at each jersey number, from 99-1. Each day, from May 18 through Aug. 24, we'll publish one article showcasing the best player whose jersey number matches the number of days remaining.
No. 72 Trey Adams
Washington – OT
Washington's loss to Arizona State last October not only hurt their chances at returning to the College Football Playoff, it hurt the team. Literally — and very, very badly. Corner Jordan Miller, who entered the game with the lowest passer rating in the Pac-12, and three-year starting left tackle Trey Adams were both lost for the season with injuries. Miller broke his ankle and Adams tore his ACL.
Both players are back for their senior seasons and Adams is the best No. 72 in college football for the 2018 season. The 6-foot-8, 331-pounder from Wenatchee, Wash., a small town 150 miles east of Seattle, is projected as a first-round pick in the 2019 draft.
"If he stayed healthy and left Washington early for the 2018 NFL Draft, there is a good chance he would have been the No. 1 offensive tackle on several NFL draft boards," wrote NFL Draft analyst Dan Brugler recently.
The hope is that Adams will be ready for Washington's Week 1 game vs. Auburn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
"Trey may be ready to go for the first game; he may not be," Chris Petersen said in early April. "We’ll just see. It’s just one of those things. It’s the type of injury are nine to 12 months to 14 months.