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Taggart's Ducks embrace new attitude, but struggle with depth, defense

TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Oregon Ducks receiver Darren Carrington celebrates with teammates after one of his touchdown catches in Saturday's spring game at Autzen Stadium.EUGENE — The coach says Justin Herbert hasn't locked down the starting quarterback job at Oregon, despite looking vastly superior in last week's spring game to Travis Jonsen, a fourth-stringer from a season ago, and Braxton Burmeister, a high school student a month ago.

But wide receiver Darren Carrington, the recipient of three Herbert touchdown passes in the spring game, says it's Herbert's job to lose.

"Herbert — that's the guy right now to beat," Carrington says. "Any time I step out on the field with him, I want to make him look good, honestly. It's just fun to be out there with him. It's a blessing to have him."

Herbert was 16 of 26 for 327 yards and three TDs and no interceptions in the spring game.

Carrington says Herbert is throwing the ball harder, stronger and more accurately. Let's not forget: Herbert threw for six TDs against California, tied a school record with 489 yards passing against Arizona State, and led a last-minute game-winning drive against Utah. He's fairly accomplished.



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