Oregon's leading receiver, Darren Carrington, suspended after DUII charge

For now at least, Oregon will be without the services of its top wideout, Darren Carrington, to start the year. The senior has been suspended indefinitely by first-year coach Willie Taggart following an arrest early Saturday morning for driving under the influence of intoxicants, the Oregonian reports. 

A university spokesperson confirmed to the paper that Carrington had been suspended from all football team activities. "We are continuing to gather the facts in this matter," the statement read. 

Carrington's car allegedly collided with a pole in the drive-thru at a McDonald's at a little after 3 a.m. According to police, an officer received a call about a possibly intoxicated driver and observed Carrington's car making an improper right turn out of the establishment's parking lot. Carrington was then arrested on a DUII and cited for careless driving and making an improper right turn. He was booked into Lane County jail at 5:28 a.m and released roughly an hour later after posting bail. 

Carrington was the team's leader in receiving yards a season ago with 606 yards on 43 catches. 

This is not Carrington's first run-in off the field. He missed the 2015 College Football Playoff national championship for allegedly failing an NCAA drug test, which required him to miss half of the following season as well. During that suspension, Carrington was cited by police for an open container violation. This past October, he was accused of pushing and breaking the arm of a graduate student in Eugene. However, Carrington was never charged in the incident. 

On Saturday, Carrington posted the following message on Instagram ... 

Thanks for everything I'll truly miss my brothers love y'all 1DEEP OFFTGEGRID😪✌🏽

A post shared by Darren Carrington II (@1deepdc) on

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