A failed drug test — his father blamed second-hand toke — led to Darren Carrington not only being suspended for the College Football Playoff championship game against Ohio State, but for the first five games of the 2015 season as well. Just as the suspension was set to come to an end, however, Carrington has another issue he may have to clear up before getting back on the field.
According to The Oregonian, the 20-year-old wide receiver was cited Sept. 26 by Eugene police for an open container violation. The paper wrote that “officers on ‘party patrol’ found Carrington in an alley near Eugene’s East 14th Avenue and Patterson Street at 2:34 a.m., holding a cup that appeared to contain alcohol,” subsequently issuing him a citation in lieu of an arrest.
The football program is aware of the situation, but have declined to state what if any impact it would have on Carrington’s suspension being lifted. UO plays its fifth game of the year against Colorado Saturday, then plays Washington State in a game that was supposed to mark Carrington’s return.
With fellow receiver Byron Marshall out for the foreseeable future with a lower-leg injury, Carrington’s return sooner rather than later would be a boon for a Ducks’ offense that could use a shot in the arm.
The last two games of Carrington’s 2014 season — the Pac-12 title game against Arizona and the playoff semifinal win over Florida State — the receiver caught 14 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Carrington ended up being the Ducks’ second-leading receiver last year behind Marshall.