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Juwan Johnson’s “Big Brother” advice to Mycah Pittman

Juwan Johnson’s “Big Brother” advice to Mycah Pittman

This 2019 Oregon football season has had several bright spots, including the exciting play of Mycah Pittman. The true freshman wide receiver has shown that the future of this program is in good hands... Really strong and sticky hands to be precise. 

Pittman's first season in a Duck uniform has been attacked by injury. A shoulder injury kept him out for the first six games of the season, and now another injury vs. Arizona last Saturday may keep him out the rest of the season.

Pittman working for extra yards, tried to stay off the ground as an Arizona player awkwardly fell into his planted arm. Pittman remained on the field for minutes as the trainers attended to his right wrist with Coach Mario Cristobal hovering over his back, comforting the young receiver.

Pittman was escorted off the field and then came the diagnosis: a broken arm with a timetable for return at six weeks

[RELATED: How Mycah Pittman’s injury affects Oregon]

Have you ever witnessed one positional group plagued with so many injuries and moving pieces? The Ducks were without grad transfer Juwan Johnson until five games into the season; Pittman suffered a shoulder injury that also kept him out until Cal; Jacob Breeland suffered a season-ending knee injury; Brenden Schooler entered the transfer protocol.

“We’re back to what we’ve done all season… That’s kind of how the season has been with those guys," said Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "Those guys have done a great job. They’ll step right up. Next guy up.” 

The players next in line to step up in Pittman’s absence? Arroyo says, just like before, expect more from freshmen Josh Delgado and Bryan Addison as well as Spencer Webb to be moved around from receiver and high end.

On Monday, Cristobal said: “Justin Collins is a guy last year in this game proved to be very valuable, caught a slant down there and got us in the tight red zone at the end of the half. He’s been coming along. He’s coming off an ACL as well.”

Cristobal also mentioned Isaah Crocker, J.R Waters and Lance Wilhoite as options UO will explore. Although, Wilhoite and Waters are both coming off injuries and are likely not caught up to speed.

Overcoming injury is not east feat. It weighs on you both physically and mentally. This being Pittman’s second major injury of the season, senior grad transfer Juwan Johnson made sure to give his ‘Big Brother’ advice:

“It was heart breaking of course. I call him my ‘Little Brother.’ I got to check up on him and make sure he’s right because he just a freshman, they get in their head a lot. The one thing I got to do I keep his head high, keep his head above water, tell him to keep pushing. As long as he knows it’s not over because we still got some games left even if he isn’t back to still keep his head up. Honestly at the end of the day, there is more than football.”

 

How Mycah Pittman's injury affects Oregon

How Mycah Pittman's injury affects Oregon

The Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12) have lost one of their most dynamic offensive weapons most likely for the rest of the season, due to injury. Freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman’s broken arm suffered in the first quarter of Oregon’s 34-6 win vs. Arizona will sideline him for six weeks and creates a need for more contributions.

Is Pittman done for the 2019 season?

Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal communicated the possibility of Pittman returning to play in the Ducks’ bowl game. The College Football Playoff semifinal (Dec. 28) or Rose Bowl (Jan. 1) are about six weeks out.

Already this season, Pittman rehabbed back from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the opening four games.

"He’s proven before he’s a quick healer," Cristobal said. "Our training staff, our medical staff is second to none. I mean the very best in the country… And Mycah is a guy that attacks every opportunity to get better a hundred miles per hour. If anyone can heal quickly, it will be him, and if the timeline matches up, certainly that’s a consideration."

How does this impact the depth chart?

Oregon lists freshman Josh Delgado behind starter Jaylon Redd at slot receiver, in Pittman’s role. The Ducks moved Daewood Davis once again back on offense to add depth. Listed backups Davis, Josh Delgado and Bryan Addison will likely see increased playing time with Pittman out.

How can Oregon replace Pittman’s contributions?

In six games, Pittman has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. His speed and relentless tenacity will be missed from the receiving corps. 

Without Pittman, look for starting playmakers Johnny Johnson III, Juwan Johnson and Jaylon Redd to continue their positive progress in the passing game with quarterback Justin Herbert.

Redd leads the team with nine touchdowns and has caught multiple passes in 13 straight games. Johnny Johnson III is coming off a four-catch performance vs. Arizona, including a 73-yard catch, the longest of his career and longest by a Duck in 2019. Juwan Johnson’s potential is also being realized, totaling 16 receptions, 263 yards, and four touchdowns in the last three games. He led Oregon with five catches, one touchdown and 93 yards vs. Arizona.

Who else is a possible backup receiver?

“Justin Collins is a guy last year in this game proved to be very valuable, caught a slant down there and got us in the tight red zone at the end of the half,” Crisotbal said. “He’s been coming along. He’s coming off an ACL as well.”

Cristobal also mentioned Isaiah Crocker, J.R Waters and Lance Wilhoite as options UO will explore. Although, Wilhoite and Waters are both coming off injuries and are likely not caught up to speed.

The Ducks travel to Tempe for their final conference road trip to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) at 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman undergoes surgery, out six weeks

Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman undergoes surgery, out six weeks

Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman appears to have had surgery after suffering a broken arm injury in the No. 6 Ducks 34-6 win over Arizona.  Oregon coach Mario Cristobal confirmed Pittman's injury is a broken arm that has a six-week timeline for return. Cristobal said a bowl game return is possible, because “he’s proven to be a quick healer.” Below is a Instagram post from Pittman's mother.

Pittman has posted on Twitter and Instagram, indicating he will be back in 2020:

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When it get ugly, you gotta find a way.

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Pittman and quarterback Justin Herbert connected on an 11-yard pass and Pittman came down awkwardly after being tackled. Early indications suggest that Pittman's injury could be a broken wrist.

The freshman was escorted to the sideline and carted to the Oregon locker room and did not return.

Already this season, Pittman rehabbed back from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the opening four games. In six games, Pittman has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. One of Oregon’s most dynamic receivers, the loss of Pittman is a serious blow to the Ducks and their Pac-12 title goals.

Oh, brother! Oregon’s Mycah Pittman vs. USC’s Michael Pittman

Oh, brother! Oregon’s Mycah Pittman vs. USC’s Michael Pittman

Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman would beat big brother, USC senior wide receiver, Michael Pittman Jr., running from house to house, trick-or-treating.
Although Mycah, whose mom dressed him as a skeleton, was smaller, he’d “easily” get to the candy first. 

“He’s not beating me, I’d trip him or something,” Mycah said of his older brother, Michael. “He has the long legs, long arms and long strides but I’d trip him to make sure I get my edge on him.”

Fast forward a few Halloweens and now the two brothers will face each other from different sidelines this Saturday at 5 p.m. when the No. 7 Oregon Ducks face USC for the first time since 2016. It’s a pivotal matchup at L.A. Memorial Coliseum for USC (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) who is tied for first with Utah in the Pac-12 South division and for the Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) to stay atop the North and on the path to the Pac-12 Title game.

The Pittman’s cousins, second cousins, grandmas, grandpas, aunts… Basically the whole family will be in the crowd. Yes, there has been trash talk between the Duck and Trojan every night this week via FaceTime.

“I FaceTimed him and I was like ‘If we beat you, I’m big brother now’," Mycah said. "Just trash talk like that."

Mycah keeps tabs on his brother Michael’s weekly accolades: the USC senior leads the conference in receiving yards with 755. Last week, the Biletnikoff Award candidate totaled 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including the winning touchdown in USC’s win against Colorado.

“I don’t know how they’re going to play him," Mycah said of Oregon’s defensive plan for Michael. "I’m not in the defensive meeting rooms, but I know he’s going to be a problem… I don’t know what we’re going to do with him.”

Michael, who rides horses in his spare time, wants to get into tie-down roping after his football days. The rodeo will likely have to wait, as the NFL will soon be calling for Michael Jr., the oldest son of Michael Pittman Sr., Super Bowl winner and 11-year NFL running back.

Mycah is also living up to his namesake, earning playing time and passes from Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Since stepping foot on campus, the Mycah hype has been full go. During fall camp, he was the most talked about true freshman, making Oregon fans reel in excitement. A shoulder injury, from (of course) making a diving catch in practice set back his plans, changing course to rehabbing and exercising mental reps. The injury kept him from playing in UO’s first four games.

Since returning, six of Mycah’s 10 catches have gone for a first down and he’s proven to be electric. Now that the former top three wide receiver recruit from California is feeling comfortable with the college pace, he’s ready to cut loose. Mycah has 150 receiving yards on 10 receptions and one touchdown but he’s ready for more.

He’s also ready to beat big bro.

"I hope (Michael) has a great game, but obviously I hope we end up getting the ‘W’," Mycah said.

10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

Oregon takes a seven-game win streak to USC for a 5 p.m. Saturday showdown at LA Memorial Coliseum.

The crucial matchup is the first meeting between Oregon and USC since 2016. The No. 7 Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) look to stay atop the Pac-12 North Division. A win for the Trojans (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) would keep them on the path to the Pac-12 Championship game and eligible for a bowl game, after not qualifying last season.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know about perhaps the hardest game remaining on Oregon's regular-season schedule.

THE MAGIC NUMBER

Under head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon is 9-0 when it rushes for 200 yards in a game.

[Positive Oregon injury updates: The Dye Brothers vs. USC]

VERDELL JOINS THE GREATS

CJ Verdell set the Autzen Stadium rushing record on Saturday against WSU. Also, his 257-yard rushing performance is the most since Kenjon Barner’s 321 yards at USC in 2012, the first and only Duck to rush for over 300 yards.

OH, BROTHER

The Pittman and Winston brothers will each be on opposite sidelines. USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman are brothers, as are USC outside linebacker Eli'jah Winston and Oregon outside linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr.

COMING HOME?

USC has four players from Oregon on its roster (S Talanoa Hufanga, DL Brandon Pili, DL Marlon Tuipulotu and OLB Eli'jah Winston). Compared to the 48 Californians on Oregon’s roster.

A WIN WOULD…

Give Oregon its first 6-0 start to Pac-12 play since 2012 and make them the first Pac-12 team to accomplish the feat since Washington in 2016.

IS THAT GOOD?

Oregon has outscored its opponents 267-91, including 142-34 in the second half, during its seven-game win streak.

INSANE RATIO

Quarterback Justin Herbert has just one interception over his last 360 pass attempts in Pac- 12 road games with 24 touchdowns over that span.

RUNNING BERSERK

CJ Verdell leads the Pac-12 in rushing (753) following his 257-yard performance last week against Washington State. His 313 all-purpose yards against the Cougars are the most by an FBS player this season.

BALL HAWKS

Oregon leads the nation with 14 interceptions and is one of five FBS teams with two players (Jevon Holland has four, Verone McKinley III has three) with three or more picks.

HOME SWEET, COLISEUM

USC is 4-0 at home in 2019, beating: Fresno State, Stanford, Utah and Arizona.

[RELATED: Oregon Ducks' mindset inspired by Tiger Woods]

How Brenden Schooler's transfer does/doesn’t affect the Ducks

How Brenden Schooler's transfer does/doesn’t affect the Ducks

Senior wide receiver Brenden Schooler has entered his name into the transfer portal, sources have confirmed to NBC Sports Northwest.

Schooler, a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 special teams selection, made his debut against Cal after missing Oregon’s first four games due to a broken foot. He played in three games this season and has not used his redshirt, meaning he has one more year of eligibility as a graduate transfer.

In his three games, Schooler has only had two catches for 44 yards. During his absence, Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd and Bryan Addison took over production as reliable targets for quarterback Justin Herbert.

Redd leads the nation with a touchdown reception in six straight games. Johnson III’s 30 catches this season is already more than his sophomore season total (17) and freshman season total (21).

Schooler returned from injury at the same time as freshman Mycah Pittman, who has found a more regular rotation with the receivers than Schooler has. Pittman has 148 receiving yards on nine receptions and one touchdown.

Schooler’s senior leadership and intangibles on the field would be sorely missed, especially considering senior Jacob Breeland is out for the season with injury. 

“The thing about Brenden is he’s not only a great player, he’s a great leader and I feel terrible for him because he is a tremendous human being… Off the charts,” Cristobal said in August after Schooler’s injury.

Schooler's decision to leave is likely playing time oriented. Simply put, the Ducks were forced find their groove while Schooler was out.

His departure would also be a hit to Oregon’s receiving unit depth. Will graduate transfer Juwan Johnson or Josh Delgado step into a contributing role?

The Dana-Point, California native has a brother, Colin, who plays for the Arizona Wildcats.

Schooler has totaled 43 career catches for 521 yards and four touchdowns in his Duck career. He started at safety as a true freshman finishing with 74 tackles and four interceptions.

What we learned: Everyone loves Mycah Pittman

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What we learned: Everyone loves Mycah Pittman

The Oregon Ducks went up to the hostile territory of Seattle, Washington on Saturday and picked up the 35-31 win over the rival Huskies. The win keeps Oregon undefeated in conference play and a near-lock to represent the North in the Pac-12 championship game. 

So what did we learn from one of the greatest rivalry games in college football?

We learned that everyone loves Mycah Pittman.

A four-star recruit out of high school, the buzz was loud around the freshman wide receiver upon Pittman's arrival in Eugene this summer. 

Pittman suffered an injury during camp and was sidelined to start the season, but since making his debut two weeks ago against Cal, he has been turning heads. 

Entering Saturday's rivalry game, Pittman had seven catches for 100 yards on the season, but no touchdowns. That changed against the Huskies. 

On 4th and 3 from the Washington 36, Justin Herbert found Pittman on the screen pass. Pittman didn't just get the first down though, he sprinted 36-yards to the endzone for the first touchdown of his career.

Following the game, Herbert had some high praise for his freshman weapon -

Mycah just makes plays and that's all he's ever done since he's shown up. It was good to see

Ducks fans on social media, well, they love Pittman too:

At the end of the game, Pittman was just as excited as all of us, as you can see in this video from our Ducks Insider Bri Amaranthus. 

 

With NFL Scouts in the house, Justin Herbert shows why he is the "best quarterback in college football"

With NFL Scouts in the house, Justin Herbert shows why he is the "best quarterback in college football"

Quarterback Justin Herbert gave the people the show that they’ve longed for.

With an astounding amount of NFL scouts present, Herbert provided highlights that won’t soon be forgotten by Oregon fans, Colorado’s defense or the professional teams with a top-10 draft selection.

No. 13 Oregon’s offense exploded to thump Colorado 45-3 on a chilly Friday night game in Autzen Stadium. The chills weren’t caused from the wind, but instead from thrilling throws from the 6-foot-6 240-pound passer with deadly arm.

“The offense was scoring so fast, we would sit down to try to drink some water and the offense had already scored,” junior safety Brady Breeze said. “It’s amazing to see.”

Herbert made it look easy to his leading receiver, senior tight end Jacob Breeland. On the first drive, Herbert connected with Breeland for a seven-yard touchdown to give the Ducks (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) a quick lead. The touchdown extended Herbert’s nation leading touchdown pass streak to 34 straight games. It also marked Breeland’s sixth touchdown of the season, first among tight ends.

RELATED: [Breeland was off to a hot start before suffering an game-ending injury in the first quarter]

Junior wide receiver Jaylon Redd may need to ice his hands after Herbert’s 13 yard touchdown bullet in the third quarter. Redd's diving touchdown grab was his second touchdown of the game and marked his fifth straight game with a receiving touchdown, the longest streak in the country.

“It’s sensational,” said Redd describing catching passes from Herbert.

“Herbert is the best quarterback in college football right now, so anytime I get an opportunity I’m doing whatever I can to please him.”

Then there was the multiple highlights between Herbert and freshman phenom Mycah Pittman. Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal decided to go for it on fourth and five, and the Ducks converted the first down with a crossing route to Pittman, moving the chains and sparking the offense.

The duo shined again to set up a last second touchdown before the half came to a close. Herbert let it fly to Pittman for a 39-yard reception to put the Ducks in the red zone.

He finished 18-32 for 261 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, Herbert’s stunning passes were against a Colorado pass defense that entered the game ranked 124th in the nation.

But, they could have played down to their opponent. They didn’t and the Duck offense gained rhythm and confidence as they enter the toughest part of their schedule. Herbert showed up in the spotlight and now he must shine the rest of the way for Oregon to stay atop the North Division through tougher opponents.

High expectations and laughable goals: WR Mycah Pittman's debut

High expectations and laughable goals: WR Mycah Pittman's debut

Eugene, OR- Mycah Pittman just shined in his Duck debut in No. 13 Oregon’s 17-7 win over California in which he made two spectacular diving catches that awed the sell out crowd of 54,766 in Autzen Stadium. Yet, the freshman walked off the field slowly, with a concerned look on his face that caused senior quarterback Justin Herbert to stop, put his arm around the young receiver and give him some encouragement.

Why so serious?

Because Pittman’s not satisfied.

“If he could, he’d put another hour on the clock and keep playing, that’s the kind of guy that he is,” Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal said. “You see how excitable he is when he touches the ball. Those aren’t easy catches, either… I was very happy that he’s healthy because it means the world to him. Looking forward to more explosive moments from him (and fellow slot receiver Jaylon) Redd.”

His four receptions and 43 yards helped the Ducks grind out the ugly win. The Ducks offense woke up just in time to improve to 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013. Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) remains the only team in the North Division without a conference loss.

But Pittman has higher expectations.

“People tell me that I had a great game, I didn’t have any dropped passes, but at the end of the day I feel like I can do more for this team,” Pittman said. “We got a team win and I’m very grateful for that but personally, I’m very hard on myself… I’m a very competitive guy. If I told you guys my goals, you would laugh at me.”

When pressed, Pittman would only add his goals are “really high."

Since stepping foot on campus, the Pittman hype has been full go. During fall camp, he was the most talked about true freshman, making Oregon fans reel in excitement. A shoulder injury, from (of course) making a diving catch in practice set back his plans, changing course to rehabbing and exercising mental reps.

His first game proved that his athleticism and reliable hands are as good as advertised. The “fire in his belly” is also living up to the hype.

“I’ve always told everyone this, he has amazing hands, the best hands I’ve seen from a receiver,” said corner back Thomas Graham. “He’s very tough on himself and I like that, because I’m tough on myself. If you don’t hold yourself to a higher standard than what standard can you tell people to hold you to?”

Pittman’s ruthless attitude is echoed on the Duck defense, which once again came through to keep Oregon in the game. Oregon forced seven Cal three-and-outs and two turnovers.

Freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux also recorded his first sack, finishing the game with two.

“I was so excited, my blood was going I felt like a shark when there's blood in the water," Thibodeaux said. "I mean it was unbelievable."

The relentlessness is also exemplified in sophomore running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio, who couldn’t help but stop a rogue fan who ran onto the field during a TV timeout. He was toying with security when Habibi-Likio stepped up to take down the fan, even though strength and conditioning coordinator Aaron Feld told him not to.

“I had no intention to hurt him,” Habibi-Likio said. “It’s a Pac-12 game and we were down and the momentum was slipping away. Cal Coach (Justin) Wilcox seemed frustrated so he was signaling the security to get him and they weren’t able to get him. Coach Feld told me, ‘don’t do it, don’t do it’ because he saw me pacing back and forth but I had to do it.”

Habibi-Likio scored Oregon’s first touchdown late in the third quarter from a situation he is very comfortable with: on the goal line. The Ducks combined for 206 rushing yards, surpassing the rushing total against Stanford (83 yards) in the first quarter alone.

It wasn’t pretty: Travis Dye fumbled the ball twice, Herbert threw his first interception of 2019, Oregon committed eight penalties (four more than their average per game); and CJ Verdell went down an injury (although the X- Ray came back negative, ankle sprain, according to Cristobal).

However, faced with an opportunity to fold, the Ducks stood. Herbert finished 20-for-33 for 214 yards and was able to extend his touchdown streak to 33 games with a one-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jaylon Redd to all but seal the game in the fourth quarter.

All in all, it was a victory in Pac-12 play. The biggest win? The Ducks, like Pittman, aren’t satisfied.

Former Oregon football star receiver Bralon Addison's advice to current Duck Bryan Addison

Former Oregon football star receiver Bralon Addison's advice to current Duck Bryan Addison

Redshirt freshman receiver Bryan Addison has become a key contributor, with tremendous upside, in Oregon’s offense in 2019. In a prime opportunity, Bryan Addison could heed some advice from former Duck football wide receiver, Bralon Addison.

Bryan Addison’s lengthy 6-foot-5 frame, athleticism, and ball skills make him a potential Duck star. “Potential” can often become a dirty word in football when a top 100 recruit is embossed with lofty expectations to quickly transition to the college pace to make an impact. That is not the case with Addison.

With Dillon Mitchell’s departure for the NFL, Oregon searched for its next leading receiver and Addison’s talent remained largely under the radar. That is, until the receiving corps got hit with a nasty injury bug before the season began that sidelined five scholarship receivers.

With a concerning lack of depth, Addison’s name was called, his reps were ramped up and he has delivered with increasing production week after week.

“(Addison) has got a really good skillset,” Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. “He’s a long body, he’s fast off the line of scrimmage, he can catch a ball, he’s rangy, has run after catch, he’s tough.”

The Ducks’ passing offense is the most efficient (187.01) in the Pac-12 Conference and ranks sixth in the nation. The Ducks are thriving, minus some of their most veteran and talented receivers, with much thanks to production from Addison, Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd and Jacob Breeland.

After redshirting in 2018, Addison (2) joins Breeland (3) and Johnson III (3) as the top three Ducks with 20 or more yard receptions. Addison’s career-high 58 yards and first Duck touchdown against Nevada came after a drop in the end zone during Oregon’s lone loss to Auburn. Addison didn’t let the drop define him and has become a reliable target for quarterback Justin Herbert. In Oregon’s win over Stanford, Addison caught four passes.

“He’s confident now,” Johnson III said. “He can go out there, jump high and catch the ball but he also has sneaky speed. People don’t realize that he can run. He’s a vertical threat and I think he’s doing a great job.”

Now that two of Oregon’s offensive weapons (Brenden Schooler and Mycah Pittman) are cleared and ready to play, where does that leave Addison? The added depth will bolster a rotation in games that should keep the group fresher and faster for longer.

With likely less, but more meaningful reps, Addison must continue to seize his opportunity and transition into the Duck star his talents set himself up for.  

Speaking of great Oregon receivers, Bryan Addison and former Oregon receiver Bralon Addison are not brothers, cousins or related in any way.

The 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman Bryan stands seven inches taller than Bralon , who is thriving in the Canadian Football League. The two athletes have never met in person and embody different skillsets, but Bralon has advice for Bryan.

“I would give Bryan the advice to stay grounded, keep grinding, don’t worry about outside influences and things you can’t control,” Bralon Addison said. “Maximize every opportunity and everything will work it self out!”

Bryan’s potential has impressed Bralon, who led the Ducks in 2015 with 63 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown in addition to passing for a touchdown. 

Bralon’s versatility and ability to play wideout, in the slot and at wildcat quarterback recently earned him Top Performer of September in the CFL. Playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bralon is currently third in receiving in the league, already surpassing 1,000 receiving yards.

Talk about making the most of an opportunity, the Addison’s are in a prime one.