ICYMI: Best of luck to DC as he moves on from the program. pic.twitter.com/6eQwaOiIpH— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) July 14, 2017
Darren Carrington has been dismissed from the Oregon Football program by Willie Taggart. Carrington was suspended indefinitely by head coach Willie Taggart following the receiver being arrested and charged with a DUII after crashing into a pole in a drive-thru early in the morning on July 1st.
Carrington’s career at Oregon had been littered with off the field issues such as a positive drug test that held him out of the national title game as well as an incident where he was accused of pushing and breaking the arm of a man.
Taggart’s statement can be seen in Rob Moseley’s tweet above.
The receiver position on the team had a lot of questions and the marks only got bigger. Carrington was a go-to player for Herbert and had some amazing plays throughout his career. Charles Nelson is now the most experienced returning receiver, forcing the younger receivers to mature and develop their skills quicker than they probably would have liked.
Willie Taggart’s dismissal of Carrington, even more justified with Carrington’s history, sends a strong message to the team that nobody is going to be getting preferential treatment. He dismissed a star player at one of the weaker positions on the team. One could argue that this is really a Machiavellian move. It’s a good time for Taggart to send a message heading into a season with low expectations. Taggart was also quick to fire two of his own coaches after they were arrested and charged with a DUII at the beginning of the year.
Darren Carrington did graduate from the University of Oregon but opted to return for another year, possibly to help improve his draft stock. Some projections had Carrington being drafted in the 4th round and a big year could have pushed him onto the second day of the draft. The NFL Supplemental Draft has already occurred but it was likely that he would not be eligible anyways. Now he must wait until the 2018 draft for his chance to enter the NFL.
Dillon Mitchell is probably the most obvious replacement. He got great reviews in practice reports and played well in the last couple spring games. True freshman Darrian McNeal began his college career early by enrolling in the spring and taking part in spring practices. Jacob Breeland also played well during the spring and will be a valuable target at tight end for Herbert. Alex Ofodile and Malik Lovette are also players that we could see be big contributors this year.
I hope this is a wake-up call to Carrington to start acting responsibly at all times so that he can possibly enter the NFL next year.