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Oregon dismisses Darren Carrington from football program

September 10, 2016 - University of Oregon WR Darren Carrington II (7) during an NCAA football game between the University of Oregon Ducks and University of Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Brian Murphy/Icon Sportswire)
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The Oregon Ducks have dismissed senior wide receiver Darren Carrington from the program, head coach Willie Taggart announced on Friday night in a released statement.

“I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program. 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.”

Carrington was arrested on a DUI charge back on July 1 and will not be a part of the Oregon roster heading into what would have been his senior year.

He appeared in 12 games as a junior, hauling in a career-high 43 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, he had three balanced seasons of production for Oregon, twice finishing second in the Pac-12 in average yards per reception (2014 and 2015). For his career, he finishes with 112 catches for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Carrington arrived at Oregon as a 4-star recruit out of San Diego, whose father — also Darren Carrington — played in the NFL for eight seasons with five different teams after playing collegiately at Northern Arizona. Listed as a wide receiver, cornerback, and even quarterback, coming out of high school, Carrington will have another season in which he is still eligible to play for a new program.

Oregon hired Willie Taggart as its new head coach this offseason, replacing Mark Helfrich, whom the team replaced following a 4-8 year. Taggart arrives from South Florida, where he spent the past four seasons and led the Bulls to a 10-2 record in 2016.

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