The Oregon Ducks don’t expect to have a healthy Bralon Addison this season. The wide receiver has completely different expectations.
Addison, who tore an ACL in his left knee during spring practice, expects to be back on the field and contributing by September.
“His goal is Michigan State,” Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota told SI.com.
The Michigan State contest is set for Sept. 6 at Autzen Stadium and occurs less than six months after Addison suffered the injury. It would be a remarkable recovery for any athlete, but he’s already impressed his teammates during his rehabilitation.
“He looks good,” Mariota said. “I’m excited. Hopefully he gets ready for that second game.”
If — and we’re stressing IF — Addison returns for Michigan State, he would only miss one game against the South Dakota Coyotes.
Until Addison is cleared by the doctors, the Ducks have to replace their leading-returning receiver. Last season, Addison caught 61 passes for 890 yards. Without Addison in the lineup, the Ducks have very little experience at wide receiver. Senior Keanon Lowe then becomes the Ducks’ top target by default. Lowe finished sixth on the team last season with 233 receiving yards. Dwayne Stanford and Darren Carrington are expected to start alongside Lowe. Tight end Pharoah Brown should be expected to be a much bigger part of the offense this season, particularly until Addison is ready to contribute.
And Addison may be able to contribute sooner rather than later.