Everything about Darren Carrington has been touch-and-go in regards to his status with the Utah Utes.
After speculation about where he might land, the former Oregon Duck wide receiver decided to stay in the PAC 12 and join Utah. There were concerns that his decision to stay in the same conference might force him to sit out a year.
As a graduate transfer student, he would have been able to play immediately in another conference without this being an issue.
On Monday, he was finally cleared by the PAC 12 Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Committee. He has been practicing with the Utes throughout their training camp, and has a lot of ground to make up when it comes to learning the playbook. Carrington proved he was a dynamic threat while playing for the Ducks, but off the field issues kept him from realizing his full potential on the field.
Now he gets a fresh start in Utah, hoping to make an impression on professional scouts.
Carrington had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season as a junior with the Ducks. If he is going to match those numbers in Utah, he’s going to have learn the playbook very quickly.
The Utes open the season in less than a month against a dangerous FCS opponent in North Dakota.
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