Carrington weighs draft options
Oregon has yet to see what Darren Carrington can do when given a full season to play.
It’s possible the Ducks won’t get to find out. Carrington, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, said he submitted his name to the NFL Draft Advisory Board and will decide after the season whether to declare for the draft.
“Yeah, I have been thinking about it, but nothing really planned,” Carrington said. “I’m just looking at my options.”
Carrington would be eligible for the draft as a third-year sophomore, though he said the opportunity to play a full season at Oregon could entice him to return. He has 25 receptions for 502 yards and five touchdowns in six games this year after missing Oregon’s first six games because of an NCAA-mandated suspension.
That suspension also cost Carrington the opportunity to play in last year’s national title game. He caught 37 passes for 704 yards in 11 games as a redshirt freshman and was Oregon’s leading receiver in the Rose Bowl and Pac-12 title game.
“I definitely want to play a full season before I make any real decisions,” he said.
The deadline for underclassmen to apply for the NFL draft is Jan. 18.
QB Lockie staying put
Jeff Lockie knows all about graduate transfers as a quarterback who could end up playing behind two of them at Oregon.
As of last week, Lockie has a degree of his own and, if he wanted, the option to look around for his senior season. So would he consider making use of the rule that brought Vernon Adams Jr. — and, potentially, Montana State transfer Dakota Prukop — to Eugene?
“No, I get that question all the time,” Lockie said. “I just finished up my degree last Friday. I’m kind of taking this one step at a time.
“I got into the MBA program here and am excited about starting that in January.”
Prukop is visiting Eugene this weekend while he contemplates a move up to the FBS for his senior season. Should Prukop decide to join the Ducks, Lockie would find himself in a familiar position battle as the veteran backup competing against a one-year transfer.
“Luckily, I had some experience answering these questions last year,” Lockie said. “It’s nothing new. I’ve been used to it.”
Adams beat out Lockie for Oregon’s starting job despite arriving late to fall camp, but a broken finger sidelined him after two starts. In his absence, Lockie completed 54 of 84 passes for 544 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Lockie came away from that audition believing he’s capable of more than he showed.
“I think there’s a huge learning curve there,” he said. “A lot of things went well. I think I can definitely improve on a lot of those (things) with a little more experience and a little more confidence.”