Wide receiver Darren Carrington has officially been cleared to play for the Utah Utes after transferring from Oregon just before the start of preseason camp.
Carrington was dismissed from the Ducks two weeks after being arrested last month on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. The San Diego native has been practicing with the Utes, and the Pac-12 faculty athletic representatives’ committee waived the intraconference transfer penalty that can force players to sit out a year.
Carrington, 6-feet-2 and 205 pounds, had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season, and left the Oregon program with 112 career receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is viewed as a good fit in new Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor’s up-tempo system.
Carrington was indefinitely suspended by the team following his July 1 arrest in downtown Eugene after police received a call about a potentially impaired driver. The 22-year-old allegedly collided with a pole in the drive-through at a McDonald’s around 3 a.m., and a police officer observed his car maxing an improper turn out of the parking lot.
The Oregonian reported that Carrington pleaded not guilty to the charges, but new Ducks coach dismissed him from the Ducks program following the latest in a string of off-field issues.
Carrington was suspended for the College Football Playoff National Championship against Ohio State in January 2015, reportedly for failing an NCAA-mandated drug test. While serving a suspension during the first half of last season, he was cited by police for an open container violation.
Carrington was also investigated by Eugene police after a man told The Oregonian that Carrington shoved him hours after a game against Arizona State, causing him to fall and break his arm. Carrington was not charged.
Carrington enrolled at Utah at the start of the program’s preseason camp. The Utes open their season Aug. 31 against North Dakota.