Two Oregon Ducks Suspended for National Championship Due to Positive Drug Tests

Darren Carrington catches the ball on Washington’s 2-yard line in the first half in a 45-20 victory at Autzen Stadium Oct. 18, 2014. | Eugene Johnson/EDN

When it comes to things that are important I would think staying clean before the biggest game of your life would be at the top of the list. However this is not the case for two Oregon Ducks Offensive players entering the big game on Monday night. On Friday it was announced that Wide Receiver Darren Carrington would not play in the game because of a failed NCAA Drug test. He apparently tested positive for marijuana and has been suspended for the game.

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Running Back Ayele Ford, used in limited situations this season also failed a drug test and did not make the trip. He is also suspended for the game.

Carrington was one of the heroes of the Rose Bowl against Florida State hauling in two touchdowns for Oregon. He also played a key role against Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship with seven receptions for one-hundred twenty six yards.

The Freshman Wide Receiver also leads the Ducks in receptions of 20+, 30+, 40+ and 50+ yards this season. The production on the field could hut, but Oregon is loaded with talent at the Wide Receiver position.

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Oregon also have a dual threat in Running Back Wide Receiver Byron Marshall to along with Wideouts Keanon Lowe and Dwayne Stanford who have played key roles this season. The Ducks also have a weapon in their back pocket in Bralon Addison IF they decide the reward is work the risk.

Head coach Mark Helfrich waits for players to return to the sideline. | Eugene Johnson/EDN
Head coach Mark Helfrich | Eugene Johnson/EDN

Addison was injured in before the season in practice and was seen at the Rose Bowl in full gear, ready to go if needed. He did not play against the Seminoles. Early in the game the Ducks lost another Wideout when Devon Allen went down on the opening kickoff and was seen on the sideline in a wheelchair shortly after with his knee iced.

Would Oregon burn an entire season of eligibility for one game? It is the National Championship after all. Honestly there is enough talent on the field that they should not have to, but you never know. The Running game is in good shape with Freshman Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner who can also catch the ball either out of the backfield or downfield and we have seen Mariota improvise this year with shovel passes to Freeman.

Oregon can get the job done against Ohio State with the Offensive talent they will have on the field. The National Title game between the Ducks and Buckeyes kicks off at 5:30pm Pacific Time Monday on ESPN.

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News/Sports Reporter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW and Lead Editor for Fansided's - Originally from Philadelphia(Penn State Graduate). I write about Oregon Athletics and Occasionally the Pac 12. Proud to be a voice on EDN!

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