Oregon WR Darren Carrington Ineligible To Play

Darren Carrington will not play on Monday Night

It’s happening again. Oregon fans are getting absolutely sick of hearing roster news midweek this season, especially this week, but here it comes. Again. According to CSNNW’s Aaron Fentress, another Duck has taken a dive, and this one has no one to blame but himself. Darren Carrington, perhaps Oregon’s best, and certainly its hottest wide receiver, has tested positive for marijuana and been found ineligible for Monday’s game. The decision came directly from the NCAA, not from the University of Oregon and the school has already appealed the decision, and lost.

WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?

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WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?

Carrington is just the latest of a slew of QB Marcus Mariotas favorite targets to drop off the depth chart, joining special team’s dagger Bralon Addison, All-American tight end Pharaoh Brown and, most recently, freshman wideout Devon Allen. Carrington had followed a breakout performance against Arizona, in which he caught seven passes for a 126 yards, with a career day in Pasadena, where he pulled in another seven, this time for 165 yards and two scores.

Carrington has been an enormous part of the Duck offense, ranking fourth on the team with 37 receptions this year, 27 of which went for first downs or touchdowns. The red-shirt freshman also represented Ohio State’s scariest deep threat, averaging almost 20 yards per reception and totaling over 700 on the year, despite not catching a pass against UCLA or Utah. This loss added another formidable figure to what is becoming college football’s most star-studded bench: Addison, Brown, Allen, and DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

All year, however, the Ducks have preached, and practiced, the next-man-up philosophy, plugging their unusually common game-day roster openings with fresh faces nearly every week and marching bravely on. This team has shown an extraordinary resilience in the face of unexpected losses, and while it’s not exactly offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s style to rebuild a game plan around a roster slot, Mariota will still have options between now-healthy senior leader Keanon Lowe and scatback/wideout-hybrid Byron Marshall. All in all, while the news certainly hasn’t been kind to Oregon fans lately, we can expect Mariota and the Monday night Ducks to  stay frosty.

 

Top Photo Credit: Craig Strobeck

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David Koh

David Koh

David Koh (Editor and Writer) is a lifelong sports fan and football nerd. An alumnus of North Carolina State University, where he studied English, and ex-marching band geek, David loves to write as much as he loves learn, and is constantly analyzing the game within the game on the gridiron. He is currently pursuing a career in sports writing, and hopes to one day make a living watching football.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Boy the new’s just keeps getting better and better. I was wondering if BJ Kelly or Chance Allen or how about NO.85 from the state of Ohio himself? It is next man up and Young Mr Carrington you let your team mates down. Marijauna is illegal for the most part and if you want to smoke that crap then you wont be playing in the NFL someday! BAD Move especially after you tore up FSU and the Ducks needed that. I can’t believe this and this is 1 game that has evaded Oregon for a while whether bad politics or injuries this is terrible to do this when the biggest game in the history of the program they have a player making stupid decisions.