When it was announced that Darren Carrington was dismissed from the Oregon football program following his arrest for DUI and subsequent suspension, it left a huge void in the wide receiver unit for the Ducks.
As a senior with 112 catches, 1,919 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in his career, his production and experience will be difficult to replace.
Carrington, who has a season of eligibility remaining, is hoping that another school will give him a chance to pursue football. In a letter sent to The Oregonian, Carrington’s family stated that “no one can be blamed but himself,” and that Carrington takes “full responsibility for his actions.”
He was expected to be a huge part of coach Willie Taggart’s offense in 2017. Now it remains to be seen whether another school will want to add the speedy playmaker despite numerous off-field problems.
In addition to his DUI arrest, Carrington was suspended for the 2015 National Championship Game for failing an NCAA drug test. He also was involved in an incident with a fan after a game with Arizona State. The fan ended up with a broken arm, although Carrington was not charged.
Taggart’s dismissal of the standout receiver speaks volumes about the new coach. If a player as gifted as Carrington can be here today, gone tomorrow, it sends a message to the rest of the team that off-field problems will not be tolerated.
If another school gives Carrington a chance, here’s the kind of playmaker they could be getting:
Below is the entire statement from the Carrington family:
“Darren is definitely disappointed, as are we [his family]. Firstly, Darren is a leader and has grown immensely over the course of his four years at Oregon. So with that, it is truly an unfortunate situation especially witnessing the work ethic and dedication he has put forth with his training. Darren has worked extremely hard to put himself in position to have a great season, this was his year!
“Secondly, with having another year of eligibility, his plan was to finish his collegiate years as a Duck along with all his teammates, and he was honored and looking forward to being under the coaching of Willie Taggart. Lastly, no one can be blamed for his actions, but himself! Without question, he has acknowledged that and has taken full responsibility for his actions. His faith is what keeps him optimistic, with hopes that another school will give him an opportunity to make the next chapter in his life the best one yet; both on and off the field.”