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08/18/17 - WR Darren Carrington II. a graduate transfer from Oregon, has performed very well in fall camp. He was dismissed by the Ducks after being charged with a DUI in July. He played 33 games with Oregon, catching 112 passes for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had 43 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season. "He's got the frame," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. "He's got great ability to go up and get the contested ball. He's got exceptional hands, runs very clean routes. He's got great body control. He's a guy that fits very well into (new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor's) plans."
07/27/17 - WR Darren Carrington II, dismissed from Oregon in early July following a DUI charge, will play this season at Utah, his father told the Salt Lake Tribune. Carrington, a senior who has earned a degree from Oregon, is eligible this season. He caught 43 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season, pushing his career totals to 112 receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 scores. Carrington is rated the sixth-best receiver prospect for 2018 by NFLDraftScout.com.
07/17/17 - Oregon WR Carrington off team following DUI arrest...The Oregon Ducks dismissed Darren Carrington from the football team after the wide receiver's DUI arrest on July 1. "I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program," Ducks coach Willie Taggart said in release sent by the university on Friday. "We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors." Oregon had indefinitely suspended Carrington after police stopped him in downtown Eugene. Carrington, about to enter his fifth season, was projected to be Oregon's top wide receiver. He led the team with 606 receiving yards and was second with 43 receptions in 2016 while averaging 17.1 yards per reception with 15 touchdowns during his career. The precedent was set when Oregon moved to fire co-offensive coordinator David Reaves within hours of his January arrest on a similar DUII charge that also originated in downtown Eugene. Reaves later resigned in February. - The Sports Xchange
07/10/17 - Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has been suspended from the team indefinitely after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Eugene police say Carrington was arrested after hitting a pole at a McDonald's restaurant at 3:15 a.m. Saturday. In addition to DUI, Carrington was also cited for careless driving and making an improper turn. The senior was suspended by Oregon later Saturday. Shortly thereafter, Carrington posted a photo showing some of his Ducks teammates on Instagram , writing: "Thanks for everything I'll truly miss my brothers love y'all." The 22-year-old Carrington is scheduled to appear in Eugene Municipal Court on July 21. Last season, he caught 43 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns. - AP College Football
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