This weekend at Autzen Stadium, Darren Carrington will once again take the field — this time dressed in his No. 9 Utah football jersey.
Given Carrington’s prolific career in Oregon and dismissal in July, it’s sure to be storyline worth following this week as the Ducks prepare for Utah.
Coach Willie Taggart was the first Duck to address Carrington’s return Monday, saying his players must focus on their own struggles and not on their former wide receiver.
“I don’t think we’re going in saying ‘We’ve got to stop Darren Carrington’,” Taggart said, according to Erik Skopil of DuckTerritory. “We’ve got to go out and play better than what we’ve played. It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the ball. I think the mindset of our team right now is that we’ve got to get ourselves right.
“It’s not about who we’re playing, it’s about us.”
Of course, Taggart dismissed Carrington in July after he was arrested for DUI. It will be interesting to see how Duck fans on Saturday and plays this week react to Carrington’s upcoming return.
Carrington has had a positive effect on Utah’s offense since landing in Salt Lake City. He leads the team in receiving yards (649), touchdowns (five) and total catches (45).
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