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.