Ducks dismiss top receiver Carrington

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The Oregon Ducks have parted ways with one of their best offensive weapons due to off-field troubles.

Two weeks after senior Darren Carrington was arrested on DUI charges, Oregon coach Willie Taggart announced Friday the wide receiver has been dismissed.

In a statement, Taggart said: “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.”

Last season, Carrington caught 43 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 19 yards a catch in his first two seasons at Oregon.

Carrington was arrested on July 1 after hitting a pole at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3:15 a.m. In addition to DUI, Carrington was also cited for careless driving and making an improper turn.

The 22-year-old Carrington is scheduled to appear in Eugene Municipal Court on July 21.