As expected from multiple reports and tweets about "soul searching," Tra Carson will transfer from Oregon. The school confirmed his departure on Monday, saying Carson did not return to school for the start of the spring term classes and intends to transfer closer to home.

The Texarkana, Texas native went to the same high school as former Duck LaMichael James, and was expected to contribute as the primary backup to senior Kenjon Barner. Carson ran for 254 yards and one touchdown on 45 carries in 2011, also making an impact on special teams.

The 6-foot, 227-pound Carson is the third running back from the state of Texas to leave Oregon since the end of 2010, along with Dontae Williams and Lache Seastrunk.

For much more on the Oregon as they open spring practice, check out the Ducks RapidReports.

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