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Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:37 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Oregon running back Tra Carson intends to transfer, according to a local report.

The Eugene Register-Guard, citing a team source, confirmed Saturday reports that the talented sophomore running back will seek a playing opportunity elsewhere. Carson ran for 254 yards a touchdown on 45 carries as a true freshman in 2011, also contributing to the kickoff return team occasionally throughout the season.

The school has not confirmed Carson's departure, but the Texarkana, Texas native explained his situation on Twitter.

Carson attended the same high school as former Ducks running back LaMichael James, and was projected to enter spring practice as the primary backup to senior Kenjon Barner in the backfield. The 6-foot, 227-pound Carson is the third running back from Texas to leave Oregon since the end of 2010, along with Dontae Williams and Lache Seastrunk.

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Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:33 am

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

You may be right, but there comes a point when us west coast fans get tired of all the B.S. ahnded out by the good ol boys back east and want to stand up and be seen and heard. Isn't that half the fun of having a favorite team that you root for???By the way, did you know fan is a shorter version of the word fanatic, and most of us Duck fans are fanatical about our teams.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:19 pm

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

Too much NCAA scrutiny now with all of the NCAA violations....they can't afford to pay Carson enough to attend!   ;P

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:02 pm

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

He is a good runner and many teams would be happy to gain his services. He played well when he had the chance. The Ducks are loaded at RB and more geared for the slash and dash guys. He is a pounder, he will be missed. But it is just a fact of football life. The "scandal" is more of a media creation that a looming cloud. But don't tell that to CBS, they are on a mission. They wish to save the SEC and are willing to do just about anything to do it.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:41 am

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

It's not unheard of for players who would start for other teams to be relegated to backup status with good teams.  LSU and Alabama do it, not just on offense but on defense as well.  Some guys are content to be the ones to come off the bench with fresh legs and do damage.  Apparently Carson is not.  I don't necessarily think that this has anything to do with an NCAA investigation at Oregon, but we'll see.  So good luck to him wherever he goes.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:46 am

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

Teres Minor, it seems unlikely that that's the case. The third LB from Texas since 2010? Sounds like the young lads just got a mite lonesome for them dogies. I've heard it said that those big brown eyes kinda get to a fella after awhile alone on the old Prairie. Plus, if i remember my Stirling correctly, Corvallis is a cloudy place and closed in at times; claustrophic to someone used to wide open spaces.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:45 am

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

Primary back-up to Kenyon? So that means third string, right? Because I'm guessing De'Anthony Thomas, who was not even mentioned in this paper thin story, is going to be the man in Eugene this fall. He's ten times the back that Kenyon is...and Kenyon is good.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:44 am

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

Some of you radical Duck fans can be so easily baited.
A few words from a hater garners quick rants.
Thanks for the laugh.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:38 am

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

You are an you really know what in the hell you are talking about?????bought too many players????How about just building a system that competes and wins, look at the last 20 years and tell me how they bought their way in.
A shortcut means they have won a couple of years then fallen off the map, the ducks in no means have fallen off the map, they continue to be the team to beat in the Pac-12, and will be for a long time.
Last year Seastrunk left the team for Baylor, Coach Kelly gave him a handshake and gave him best wishes, he will do the same for Carson. It isn't always easy for kids of this age to fit into Coach Kelly's style and system, he asks the kids to win the day every day,  and some just can't do it.
It is just stupid when people throw Coach Kelly under the bus, and I might add he really cares less and will tell you so, because in spite of it all he runs a tight ship here in Eugene, just as Mr. Massoli who used up his chances of being an idiot and waas kicked off the team. The same is said for Cliff Harris, he was sent packing as well because he was an idiot and used up his chances as well. So, now tell me does Oregon really play against the rules???? I think not, they have complied with the NCAA throught out this Lyles garbage, they even blew the whistle on themselves, so maybe it is a good idea you check the facts before you show how much of an idiot you are, just like Masoli and Harris you will be sent packing.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:46 pm

Report: Oregon RB Tra Carson to transfer

What the hell are you talking about --- the Oregon rise began in 1994 with Rich Brooks, he finally broke through and won the PAC with a bunch of no names and turned the reigns over to our diamond in the rough Mike Bellotti -- Mike put together the best Oregon team in school history in 2001 and was screwed out of a Natty appearance.  Phil Knight continues to funnel money into the program just like many other boosters and builds the best football facilities in the country.  Bellotti has some personal issues and leaves the keys to Chip Kelly who is an innovator.  Now Oregon has this unique fast paced model that many a fast, fast, fast player would like to play for.  Yes it looks like there may have been some aggressive recruiting, Chip followed the LSU model with the recruiting services, but keep in mind UW and OS spend more on recruiting services.  The year in question Oregon was #7 on Lyles sales volume customer list.  So far it doesn't seem as if there were blatant NCAA infractions, but some grey area stuff around the rules.  The NCAA has tightened it up, and hopefully they can enforce the letter of the rules.  But to say Oregon was a doormat???  Ya they were 30 years ago, but since 1994 they have the 2nd best record in the PAC.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:16 pm


Where there's smoke, there's fire.  When rats start deserting, it usually means the ship is about to sink.  I am guessing that, even though it doesn't look like the NCAA is doing much to Oregon, something bigger than expected is about to happen.  Oregon's brief flirtation with elite status is apparently about to become their "glorious past."  

Oregon bought too many players too quick.  You don't go from doormat to nightmare as quickly as they did without taking some shortcuts somewhere.  The presence of Phil Knight's money is also a giant red flag.  

My guess: some "new evidence" is about to surface against Oregon. 

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