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04/29/17 - Justin Herbert threw for 327 yards and found Darren Carrington for three touchdowns in Oregon's first Spring Game under new coach Willie Taggart on Saturday. The vibe around the annual event was totally different than in past years: Instead of building on previous successes, the Ducks are - almost - starting fresh. There are a few familiar faces, notably Carrington and running back Royce Freeman, but it is clear the Ducks are now Taggart's team. "We definitely got a lot of work to do," Carrington said. "But we're on the upside right now. There's no backsteps, we're only going up." Taggart is taking over an Oregon team that finished 4-8 last season and at the bottom of the Pac-12 North standings at 2-7, snapping a run of nine straight winning seasons in conference play.
Taggart's first spring game featured Team Free, led by Herbert and featuring Carrington and Freeman, against Team Brave, with Travis Jonson and newcomer Braxton Burmeister at quarterback. Team Free won 34-11 before a crowd announced at 36,821. Unlike past seasons under Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly, when the event was more of a scrimmage based on points, this was more like an actual game - with a running clock in the second half. Herbert, a sophomore, completed 16 of 26 passes for Team Free. He threw for 1,936 yards and 19 touchdowns in eight games as a freshman last season. Carrington finished with four receptions for 116 yards. - AP Sports
11/19/16 - Justin Herbert hit Darren Carrington for a 17-yard touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to give Oregon a 30-28 upset victory over No. 11 Utah on Saturday, putting the Utes' hopes of a Pac-12 championship in jeopardy. Herbert led the Ducks, who have struggled all season and suffered several lopsided losses, on a 10-play, 75-yard drive in just over two minutes, capping it with the TD pass to Carrington. Carrington was initially called out of bounds but that call was reversed after a replay showed he got a foot down inbounds. Herbert finished the game with 324 yards passing and three TDs. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Utes had taken a 28-24 lead with 2:18 remaining off a Troy Williams 30-yard touchdown pass but the Ducks then began their comeback drive. Royce Freeman led the Ducks ground game with 129 yards. He also scored on a one-yard pass from Herbert early in the fourth. - AP Sports
08/22/16 - Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington left Saturday's practice with an apparent shoulder injury, according to The Oregonian.
The status of the 2015 second-team All-Pac-12 receiver isn't yet known, although he did return to the field with his right arm in a sling after tumbling over a bench.
12/10/15 - 2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Darren Carrington, So., Oregon...Along with Freeman and Johnstone on the first team, receivers Bralon Addison and Darren Carrington were second-team selections. - Oregon Football
10/03/15 - The past week has been one the Oregon Ducks would rather forget. They were shellacked by Utah and suffered a 42-point home loss. Then, one of their leading offensive weapons -- wide receiver Byron Marshall -- underwent surgery and will likely be lost for the season. And the Ducks -- who in January played for the national championship -- fell out of the Top 25. Now comes word that one of last season's most dynamic offensive threats is in hot water, still. Wide receiver Darren Carrington, who was suspended for the College Football Playoff championship game against Ohio State as well as the first five games this season, recently was cited by Eugene, Ore., police for having an open alcohol container.
The issue could further complicate Carrington's path to getting back on the field. Carrington trailed only Marshall last season as the Ducks' No. 2 receiver. He caught 14 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games in 2014 -- the Pac-12 title game against Arizona and the playoff semifinal win over Florida State. According to The Oregonian in Portland, police cited Carrington on Sept. 26 after "officers on 'party patrol'" spotted him in an alley at 2:34 a.m. with a cup that appeared to contain alcohol. - The Sports Xchange
08/06/15 - Oregon only playoff team to face random drug tests...According to CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, Mark Helfrich confirmed at Pac-12 Football Media Days that Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington remains in offseason limbo, still waiting on the results of the Ducks' appeal on his behalf of a major NCAA suspension. Carrington failed an NCAA-administered drug test the week of the Ducks' Rose Bowl win over Florida State -- his father blamed secondhand marijuana smoke -- and by NCAA rule the sophomore must miss half of the 2015 season. Helfrich made it clear in speaking to the Oregonian that he's not thrilled at not only Carrington's situation but that players from the other three College Football Playoff semifinalists were not at risk for the same suspensions. Helfrich said he'd been told the Ducks were the only one of the four CFP teams that had been subjected to the NCAA's random drug testing.
"If one team is tested in the College Football Playoff, everybody should be tested in the College Football Playoff," he said. According to the Oregonian, the NCAA's ruling on Carrington has been delayed by "confusion" over whether new, less-punitive drug policies have been put in place soon enough to warrant a reduction in his suspension. But as Helfrich pointed out -- and as athletes like ex-Michigan basketball star Mitch McGary could explain -- the only reason the suspension looms so large is because the test happened to be given by the NCAA. A failed team-administered test would also result in a team-administered punishment. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
01/22/15 - Father of Darren Carrington Jr. says Oregon WR did not smoke marijuana...Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr. missed the College Football Playoff championship game because of a failure to abide by an "NCAA policy," which was reportedly a failed drug test. In the days following Ohio State's win in North Texas, Carrington's father reached out to the media to try and clarify the situation. Darren Carrington Sr. told CSNNW's Aaron Fentress that the Oregon wide receiver was in the room with others who were using marijuana, leading to secondhand smoke that triggered the failed drug test.
via CSNNW.com: Carrington Sr., a former NFL defensive back, said today during a phone interview that his son did not actually smoke marijuana. He merely was in a room with others who were, leading to him inhaling secondhand smoke and thus testing positive for having marijuana in his blood stream. Now he faces the prospects of missing several games next season, something his father hopes can be avoided. "It's unfortunate that it was such a high price to pay for something like that," Carrington Sr. said. Carrington's absence felt particularly big after a late-season emergence that saw the Ducks wide recevier total 291 receiving yards and three touchdowns in wins over Arizona and Florida State. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
01/10/15 - Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington and running back Ayele Forde will not play in Monday's national championship game after positive NCAA drug tests, coach Mark Helfrich said Saturday. Carrington did not travel with the team to Dallas after testing positive for marijuana. The results of Forde's test were not immediately clear. Helfrich said the team has faced many issues during the season, including injuries. But he insisted that the team is not distracted heading into the first College Football Playoff title game. "How you manage those things is what matters most. And our guys have managed all those situations very, very well," Helfrich said.
Not having Carrington leaves the Ducks down two key wide receivers against Ohio State. Carrington, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound redshirt freshman, had seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon's Rose Bowl victory over Florida State. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota said the team was disappointed. He hadn't been able to talk to Carrington. "But at the same time I think a lot of guys feel guilty like they should have helped, including myself," Mariota said. "It's tough. But we'll have to be ready for the next one, whoever the next guy is to step up." - AP Sports
01/09/15 - Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington is suspended for the national championship game after testing positive for marijuana during an NCAA drug test, a person with direct knowledge of test results said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of student privacy rules. Team spokesman Andy McNamara confirmed that Carrington is not with the team but would not indicate why. Carrington's absence was first reported by CSNNW.com. The Ducks play Ohio State for the national championship on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound redshirt freshman made his first career start in the victory over Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game, finishing with seven catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. He also had seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon's Rose Bowl victory over Florida State on Jan. 1.
Not having Carrington leaves the Ducks down two key wide receivers against Ohio State. Last week Oregon lost redshirt freshman Devon Allen on the opening kickoff with a knee injury. Allen had 41 catches for 684 yards and seven touchdowns. The Ducks have also been playing for the last four games without star tight end Pharoah Brown, who went down with a season-ending leg injury against Utah. That leaves Oregon, which regularly uses three- and four-receiver formations, with Byron Marshall (66 catches for 834 yards), Dwayne Stafford (39 for 578), Keanon Lowe (25 for 359) and freshman Charles Nelson (11 for 101) to rely on at wideout. Tight end Evan Baylis had a breakout game last week with six catches. - AP Sports