Oregon WR Darren Carrington, who was arrested for DUI earlier this month, dismissed from program, Ducks coach Willie Taggart says
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 14, 2017
It was announced Friday evening that the Oregon Ducks top returning receiver was no longer a part of the program. Less than a month ago on July 1st Carrington was charged with a DUI which comes after the Ducks fired Co-offensive Coordinator David Reeves in January. This wasn’t Carrington’s first brush with trouble in his career as he was suspended for failing a drug test, charged with an open container and even accused of pushing a fan down outside the stadium after a game. With the past history and the new charge it wasn’t a surprise that new coach Willie Taggart dismissed him with a public stance on discipline.
Carrington was the Ducks most accomplished receiver having 1,919 career yards and 15 touchdowns over his three previous years. Heading into the 2017 season Carrington was our 6th rated receiver in this class and 77th overall prospect. Carrington thrived with his speed downfield and had a knack for getting behind defensive backs. This was no more evident than his 17.1 yards per catch rate. Carrington also came up big in the top games as he had 165 yards and two touchdowns against Florida State in the 2015 Rose Bowl helping the Ducks get to the National Title Game that year.
What lies next for Carrington is still a mystery. It’s too late for the NFL Supplemental Draft which has already taken place. This close to the season it may be too difficult to join another college program. At this point the best thing for the senior receiver may be to sit out the season and prep for the 2018 NFL Draft. There has been precedent of players still being drafted after kicked off their college team. But you have to know that Carrington’s history of trouble will hurt him with some teams in the draft.