by Rob Moseley
On Saturday, he made good on that promise. Not once, but twice.
Addison, also a starting receiver, returned two punts for touchdowns in the No. 2 Ducks' 55-16 win over visiting California. He became the second UO player to do so, after Cliff Harris against New Mexico in 2010.
"As a team, we were so happy we finally got a touchdown in the punt return column," Addison said. "For the past three games we've been one block away, and tonight everybody finished the job. In the paper and on TV, it will say 'Bralon Addison, punt return touchdowns,' but without the other 10 guys it wouldn't have happened."
Addison's first trip to the end zone capped Oregon's run of 41 straight points to open the game. He returned a punt 75 yards with 6:08 left in the second quarter, his first punt return touchdown since his junior year at Fort Bend Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas.
But it was the second that will remain on UO highlight reels for the near future. Osborne had called for a middle return, but the play broke down when Addison saw a Cal player bearing down on him. He broke to his left, collided with teammate Dior Mathis, then bounced to the right and weaved his way all over the field on the way to a 67-yard score that required perhaps twice as much running.
"I just followed the blocks and they led me in," Addison said. "You could see I was kind of gassed, at the end, and they escorted me all the way."
Addison had the chance for another highlight-reel moment midway through the first quarter on offense. The former high school quarterback received a lateral from Marcus Mariota and looked to pass, but saw intended receiver Josh Huff covered downfield and so tucked the ball away for an 11-yard rush.
The Ducks have worked on the double pass several times during practice in the past few weeks, and picked an odd time to break it out, in a driving rain storm against the Golden Bears.
"As I was going in motion, I saw the defense kind of tightening up (toward the line)," Addison said. "But when I looked up the safety had rotated over. Me and Josh had been talking all week that we were going to score on that play."
It was not to be. But Addison more than made up for it with his two long punt returns.