DALLAS -- For two Texas boys, the choice should be easy.
Either one was capable of being a game-changer in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T. Both had to get through rapid recoveries to even make their chances of playing a discussion.
Wilson, the Buckeyes’ electric H-back/receiver, broke a bone in his right foot Nov. 8 during a 49-37 win over Michigan State. He vowed he would return against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but he couldn’t shed the boot on his foot.
He’s back just in time to play in a game with all sorts of extra incentives. The native of nearby DeSoto, Texas, gets to play for a national title close to home at AT&T Stadium.
“That gives me a little bit more fire,” Wilson said. “To be able to play in Jerry World for the national championship, for it all, and to be able to get back on the field after missing six or seven weeks is a blessing.”
And he gets to face Oregon, the program he decommitted from to sign with Ohio State in 2013. Wilson did so only because Chip Kelly went to the NFL. Wilson is proud to say he has no reason for regrets.
“It seemed to be the right decision,” he added with a laugh.
Wilson estimated he’s “95 percent” healthy after a productive but limited week of practice. He’ll get worked into the Buckeyes’ plans on offense and special teams and has provided 400 yards of total offense on just 39 touches this season.
Addison, the Ducks’ second-leading receiver in 2013 suffered a torn ACL in April but still dedicated himself to returning this season. Eight months later, the Missouri City, Texas, native is back to practicing and has flirted with the idea of a comeback -- he suited up for warm-ups at the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual before changing back into street clothes for kickoff -- but knows he can’t go.
“What kid wouldn’t want to play in the national championship game?” Addison said. “But I think we’ve got a lot of guys who can step up and make plays.”
Though the Ducks can use help at receiver with Darren Carrington ineligible and Devon Allen injured, it won’t come from Addison. He’s not ready, Oregon receivers coach Matt Lubick told reporters Saturday, so he’ll be held out.
Had Addison been cleared, the personal stakes -- play for a national title or take the redshirt and an extra season -- might’ve been difficult to reconcile.
“It’s very tempting,” Addison said. “As a kid growing up, this is the game you want to play in. This game and the Super Bowl. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing and to play with a guy like Marcus Mariota in this game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Instead, he’ll hang out with Allen on the sideline Monday night and try to stay patient. No matter his role, Addison has still savored this shot at a championship. And at least he gets two more seasons.
“It’s been special to be part of this all season long,” Addison said. “Even though I haven’t physically contributed, it’s been special to be a part of it.”