Carrington plans to play for Utes after being dismissed from Ducks

SALT LAKE CITY — Darren Carrington has transferred to Utah from Oregon, and might be the Utes’ new No. 1 receiver.

Utah school officials confirmed Thursday that the senior is in Salt Lake City and will join the team but is not immediately able to be with the Utes on the field.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said there are “paperwork things” that must be completed with the Pac-12 and NCAA before Carrington is fully cleared. Fall practices begin today.

Carrington was dismissed from the Ducks two weeks ago, soon after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Whittingham said Carrington will be on a short leash when it comes to discipline-worthy actions.

“It was very apparent and he would be the first to admit he has done some dumb things, made some bad decisions,” Whittingham said at Pac-12 media days in Los Angeles, “but he has got the right attitude right now and is bound and determined to put this behind him, move forward, try to have a successful senior year and then hopefully have a chance to move on to the next level.”

Last season, as a junior, Carrington had 43 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He has 112 career catches for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

“He is a terrific talent on the field,” Whittingham said. “One of the common denominators from all the people I talked to about Darren was his fierce competitive drive on the field, on the practice field. He’s just a guy that is the ultimate competitor and brings a toughness to that receiving position that will help us out.”