Bryan Addison hit reset on his college career.
The four-star freshman arrived at Oregon just a couple weeks before the start of fall camp last year unsure of what position he would play for the Ducks. Addison got in all three nonconference games at wide receiver, but then served a suspension in the middle of the season and only returned to the field against Oregon State.
Coach Mario Cristobal kept Addison out of the Redbox Bowl so he would still qualify for a redshirt season under the new NCAA rule enacted last season.
“That was a blessing,” Addison said. “I was able to get experience while not affecting my time so that was good.”
The 6-foot-5 Addison originally signed with UCLA, but after a delay from its admissions department, he was given a release from his letter of intent in the middle of July. One week later, he signed with Oregon.
“Mentally, it was kind of tough, but once I got here I found my feet and got into a rhythm,” he said.
Addison was ranked as a top-100 recruit by Rivals and 247Sports after catching 46 passes for 582 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. He also had 44 tackles and five interceptions as a safety.
Cristobal gave Addison a look at both spots before slotting him at wide receiver.
“I didn’t really get a chance to decide, it was kind of whatever one I flowed with more,” Addison said. “I tried both sides and fit in with the offense more based off of what we needed.”
Addison had his only catch for 12 yards in a 62-14 win over Portland State. He was later suspended a couple weeks for “violating a team policy," Cristobal said.
“Last year was a roller coaster,” Addison said following a spring practice last week. “There were a lot of ups and downs, but I came to make plays and do what I have to do.”
Oregon has only three returning wide receivers who caught more than one pass last season, leaving a large group of veterans and youngsters competing for spots on the depth chart. Addison is the tallest wide receiver on Oregon’s roster.
“I am getting my technique down, getting the little things down,” he said. “I can obviously catch the ball like every other wide out, so I just have to find something that makes me different from everyone else.”
After joining the Ducks late in the summer, Addison is using the spring to get a head start on his second freshman season.
“In the spring, you get the playbook down and learn the smaller things,” he said. “Then in the fall, you have a chance to show what you have. You can open up your arsenal of weapons and play with all you have.”