Don’t look now, but it appears the Oregon Ducks have another big-play threat for teams to contend with in sophomore wide receiver Bralon Addison. Addison played in instrumental role in Oregon’s 55-16 win over the Cal Golden Bears on Saturday night, running back a punt for a 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Addison followed up that return with an even more spectacular one in the second half, weaving through the Cal special teams for a 67-yard touchdown. The two huge plays bumped Addison’s season average up to 36.5 yards per return, a mark that is best in the nation. His two TDs has him tied with three other players for the national lead.
When asked about his highlight-reel plays after the game, Addison thanked his blockers for giving him the opportunity to score:
We’ve been one block away, and tonight everyone finished their jobs. We did a great job of staying focused all week and working hard on special teams. Those guys did their job and I did mine and we just celebrated as a team (Oregon Live).
As a freshman in 2012, Addison caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. He’s on pace to absolutely shatter those numbers in 2013, having already caught 14 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns in only four games.
Though he lacks the breakaway speed of De’Anthony Thomas, Addison is incredibly shifty as a runner. The way he can cut and make people miss in tight spaces is reminiscent of former Duck Cliff Harris (though let’s hope Addison’s off-the-field life is a little less…rambunctious). Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost certainly sees the young Addison as a big offensive threat:
He’s a playmaker, we knew that when we recruited him. He makes plays and he’s just a darn smart football player, too. … He gives us another weapon on the field. I think Bralon could do all the things that Josh (Huff) and De’Anthony sometimes do.
[Source: Oregon Live]