That certainly didn’t take long.
Not long after Darren Carrington‘s father confirmed that his son would be transferring to Utah, Kyle Whittingham confirmed Thursday that would indeed be the case, although the talented wide receiver still had some unspecified hurdles to clear in order to play or even practice with the team. One day later, however, a school spokesperson confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune that Carrington has been cleared and has now been admitted to the university.
Carrington opens summer camp Friday night, and will be on the field practicing with his new Utes teammates.
“It’s always a tough decision when you talk about a player that you’re going to add to your program potentially that has a checkered past,” Whittingham said Thursday. “You’ve got to make a decision based on all the information you can gather, based on the athletes’ attitude. …
“I feel, in this case, that it was the right thing to do to give Darren another opportunity.”
Earlier this month, Oregon announced that it had dismissed Carrington, a move that came a couple of weeks after the senior was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants. That was merely Carrington’s latest off-field misstep as the receiver was ruled ineligible for Oregon’s College Football Playoff Championship loss to Ohio State a couple of years ago; was cited for open container in October 2015; and was accused of breaking a man’s arm in a Halloween incident last year.
On the field last season he was an explosive weapon as his 606 yards receiving last year were tops on the team, while his five receiving touchdowns were tied for first. His 43 catches were second on the team as well.
Huge news has come out of Eugene just a couple of weeks before Willie Taggart kicks off his first summer camp at Oregon.
Late last month, Darren Carrington was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants. At the time, the football program announced that the star wide receiver had been indefinitely suspended.
Two weeks later, Taggart made the jarring announcement Friday night that Carrington has been dismissed from the Ducks.
“I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program,” the head coach said in a statement. “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.”
The development involving the veteran serves as a huge blow to the Ducks’ passing attack.
The senior’s 606 yards receiving last year was tops on the team, while his five receiving touchdowns were tied for first. His 43 catches were second on the team.
While this was Carrington’s first off-field issue under Taggart, the arrest continued a pattern of askew behavior away from the gridiron.
Carrington was ineligible for Oregon’s College Football Playoff Championship loss to Ohio State a couple of years ago, was cited for open container in October 2015 and was accused of breaking a man’s arm in a Halloween incident last year.
Oregon has indefinitely suspended Darren Carrington after the wide receivers was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, The Oregonian reported on Saturday.
Officers apprehended Carrington at 3:15 on Saturday morning after he collided with a drive-through at a Eugene McDonalds, according to an EPD spokesperson. He was booked at 5:28 a.m. and bonded out just over one hour later.
Head coach Willie Taggart has suspended Carrington “from all football team activities after his arrest last night by the Eugene Police Department on a charge of Driving Under the Influence. We are continuing to gather the facts in this matter,” a UO spokesperson told the paper.
While Carrington’s arrest is his first disciplinary issue since Taggart’s January hiring, it does make one wonder what exactly he’d have to do to get kicked off the Ducks’ roster. Carrington was ineligible for Oregon’s College Football Playoff Championship loss to Ohio State — a game the Ducks lost in large part due to a plethora of dropped passes — was cited for open container in October 2015 and was accused of breaking a man’s arm in a Halloween incident last year.
Carrington posted this message on his Instagram account Saturday morning.
Carrington, a rising senior, was Oregon’s leading receiver last season, nabbing 43 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He posted 609 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015, leading the Ducks in yards per game, yards per reception and touchdowns per game. He was Oregon’s second-leading receiver in the Ducks’ Pac-12 championship season of 2014, collecting 37 balls for a career-high 704 yards and four scores.
A glimpse of a brand new era of Oregon football took center stage in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday as the spring football season drew to a close. Willie Taggart showed fans a little bit of what to expect from Oregon in the fall as the program looks to bounce back from a down season under the coach who has shown a knack for improving programs. As is usually the case in a spring game, Oregon’s quarterback situation was under a microscope, and sophomore Justin Herbert took advantage of the opportunity.
Herbert completed 16 of 26 passes for 327 yards and established a connection with wide receiver Darren Carrington. The two connected for three touchdowns in the game. Sophomore Travis Jonson and early enrollee Braxton Burmeister also saw playing time in the game, but Carrington was confident in saying this is Herbert’s job to lose.
”Our chemistry has definitely improved this spring, and it’ll improve more by the time fall comes, but Herbert, I mean, that’s the guy right now to beat,” Carrington said after the spring game.
As for the team as a whole, Taggert knows there is much still to address as a new system and style are implemented and the roster adjusts physically to the demands of the new coach.
‘We’re still building. We’re nowhere where we need to be as a football team yet. We have some good players. We don’t have a lot of depth that we need to have, that’s going to be a work in progress,” Taggart said. ”The thing for us as coaches is just to make our guys better than they were before. If I guy wasn’t good enough we want to make him look better than he was before. If I guy was good we want to make him great.”
Og course, it wouldn’t be an Oregon spring game without having that typical Oregon uniform flair. Even with a new head coach and with the talk suggesting the Ducks will go for a more traditional approach to uniforms in the fall, the spring game was used for some sizzle on the unis.
Oregon’s spring game crowd of 36,821 assured the Ducks of having the highest spring game attendance among Pac-12 school for a third consecutive year.
Entering Week 12, Utah was needing to win its last two games; have Colorado lose twice; and have USC lose its conference finale in order to claim the Pac-12 North. Unfortunately for the Utes, they forgot to take care of their own business right out of the gate.
Up on Oregon 28-24 with less than 10 seconds to play, all Utah needed to do was keep the Ducks from the end zone from the Utes’ 17-yard line to keep their division title hopes from going on life support. Justin Herbert and Darren Carrington, though, had other ideas.
That stunning touchdown with two seconds left gave the Ducks a 30-28 win and dropped the Utes to 5-3 in conference play with one game remaining. Depending on how the Colorado-Washington State game plays out — Buffs are up 28-24 at the end of the third as of this posting — Utah’s North hopes may officially be over.
If CU beats Wazzu, that would push the Buffs to 7-1 in the conference and officially eliminate the Utes from contention. Even if the Buffs lose, the Utes would need to beat them in Week 13 and hope that USC (6-2) loses to UCLA tonight. A Trojans win would also eliminate the Utes, regardless of what happens in the Utes-Buffs game.
A three-way tiebreaker is the only way the Utes can make it to the conference championship game. In that scenario, Utah would have the edge based on a 2-0 record against the other two teams.