by Rob Moseley
Photo: Eric Evans
Wide receiver Bralon Addison, who provided more than 1,000 all-purpose yards for the Ducks as both a sophomore and a junior, announced Monday he will pass up his final season at Oregon and make himself a candidate for selection in the 2016 NFL draft.
Addison returned from a season lost to injury and led the Ducks in receiving as a junior in 2015. He caught 63 passes for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns, all of which led the UO receiving corps in the recently completed season.
“I came here as a kid who wanted nothing more than to play football at a high level,” Addison wrote in a statement announcing his decision. “In the process, so much more has happened. … This is a decision I have prayed about, and I feel as though God as given me the understanding, confidence and assurance to move forward.”
Oregon’s returning receivers for 2016 are led by senior-to-be Dwayne Stanford and junior Darren Carrington, with the deadline to declare for this year’s draft Jan. 15. The Ducks also have a host of young talent including Devon Allen, Jalen Brown, Kirk Merritt and Alex Ofodile.
Addison first made his presence felt as a true freshman in 2012, catching 22 passes and backing up De'Anthony Thomas as a returner. He had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2013, catching 61 passes for 890 yards and seven touchdowns. That season included back-to-back games against Colorado and Washington in which Addison caught 13 balls for a combined 315 yards and four touchdowns.
A spring practice injury sidelined Addison for the entire 2014 season. But he returned to form as a redshirt junior in 2015, catching seven balls for 138 yards and also returning a punt for a touchdown at Michigan State, and going over 100 receiving yards in each of Oregon’s wins over USC and Oregon State to close the regular season.
“We’re appreciative of Bralon’s contributions and commitment over the last four years, and wish him continued success at the next level,” UO coach Mark Helfrich said.
The full text of Addison’s statement is below.
“Thank you all for taking time to read this today.
First and foremost, I would like to thank God for allowing me to make the right decision and come to The University of Oregon family. Secondly, I would like to thank my father and mother, Coach Kelly, Coach Helfrich, Coach Lubick and Coach Osborne, Coach Radcliffe, Coach Pellum, Coach Chinander, Coach Horace, Hawk, all of our graduate assistants, student coaches, Chief, Ms. Kim, Steph, Trav, Anna Poponyak, everyone at the Jaqua center, our treatment staff and all of my friends and teammates for being great influences during my time here at Oregon. I came here as a kid who wanted nothing more than to play football at a high level. In the process, so much more has happened. I think I have become more mature, a better person and a better Christian and most mportantly a better man. I just wanted nothing more than to thank everyone that has been a positive influence in my life academically and athletically during my time here at Oregon: my professors, this entire staff, the fans and everyone else involved. With that being said, today I am happy to announce that I will be foregoing my senior year to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. This is a decision I have prayed about and I feel as though God has given me the understanding, confidence and assurance to move forward. I thank you all very much! Go Ducks!!! Win The Play!