Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is running out of options to throw to even though the National Championship Game is still three days away.
After receiving news that Devon Allen has been ruled out of the biggest game in the school’s history, the situation worsened for Mariota and the Ducks.
CSNNW.com’s Aaron Fentress reported that team’s second-leading receiver, Darren Carrington, is suspended for the National Championship Game due to a failed drug test.
The Ducks attempted to appeal the NCAA’s ruling and were quickly denied:
SOURCE: #Oregon had already appealed Darren Carrington being ruled ineligible for the positive NCAA drug test. It was heard and denied.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2015
Carrington was Mariota’s favorite target during the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Rose Bowl.
Oregon WR Darren Carrington’s past 2 games: 14 catches, 291 yards, 3 TDs. For the year he averages team-high 19 yards a catch.
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) January 10, 2015
According to Fentress, Carrington didn’t make the trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with his teammates.
Carrington finished his season with 37 receptions for 704 yards and four touchdowns.
Mariota will now be asked to overcome the loss of two of the team’s top three receivers and the Ducks’ starting tight end in Oregon’s attempt to upend the surging Ohio State Buckeyes.