DALLAS - Oregon redshirt freshman wide receiver Darren Carrington failed a NCAA administered drug test and did not make the trip to Texas for Monday's national title game against Ohio State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, according to multiple team sources.
The Ducks arrived here this evening. The team could try to appeal the suspension.
Carrington tested positive for marijuana, according to sources.
Losing Carrington is a huge blow to the Ducks, already minus redshirt freshman wide receiver Devon Allen, who injured his knee on the opening kickoff of last week's Rose Bowl.
Carrington delivered the best performance of his career during Oregon's 59-20 win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl playoff game when he caught seven passes for a season-high 165 yards and two touchdowns. Carrington was coming off having seven catches for 126 yards during UO's 51-13 win over Arizona in the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 5 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Carrington has 37 receptions for 704 yards and four touchdowns on the season. He ranks second on the team in receiving yards and fourth in reception.
Allen ranks second in receptions (41) and third in receiving yards (684), and leads the team with seven touchdown receptions.
That means 78 receptions, 1,388 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns have been benched for the national title game.