After struggling against Arizona State last week, Utah is looking to snap a three-game losing streak as the Utes will be on the road to face the Oregon Ducks this Saturday at 3:45 p.m. Yet, the Ducks are just as desperate for a win, trying to snap their own three-game slide.
The struggle is real on the offensive side
It appears that both teams have had their offensive struggles that led to their three-game losing streak. In the Oregonian, it talks about how neither the Utes nor the Ducks put enough effort on offense in their losses.
The Ducks are coming off an 31-14 loss to UCLA, while Utah lost to Arizona State 30-10. And just like the Utes, the Ducks share their woes at the quarterback position. It was believed that Tyler Huntley was rushed back to the starting lineup, according to the article, and that’s what led to the four-interception game by the sophomore.
As for Oregon, their original starter Justin Herbert suffered a fractured collarbone injury on Sept. 30 against California. Ever since, the offense has depleted, only averaging 10.3 points a game with Braxton Burmeister as quarterback. Against UCLA, he only threw for 74 yards.
It has been reported that Herbert has been practicing all week; even coach Willie Taggert teased the local reporters that Herbert has been “throwing dimes” throughout practice. Yet Burmeister is expected to start Saturday.
Darren Carrington returns to Eugene
With Utah playing at Oregon Saturday, an obvious headliner for the Oregonian is the return of Darren Carrington II, but in a Ute uniform.
Nov. 12 of last year was the last time the former Duck, now Ute receiver Carrington played at Autzen Stadium before being dismissed by the team after a DUI arrest this past summer. He led the Ducks with 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season.
With the Utes, Carrington had a fast start in the first three games with 26 catches for 409 yards. Ever since then, his numbers have gone down due to injuries, but he still ranks in the top four in Pac-12 in the wide receiver category.
"He's been hampered by a nagging injury. He seems to be over that now and should be back to his old self. He's very productive and a great teammate above all else," Utah’s coach Kyle Whittingham said in his weekly press conference.
But now reportedly 100 percent healthy, this will be an emotional homecoming game for the former Duck.
Ex-teammates who played with Carrington are looking forward to playing against Carrington. That includes the Duck’s starting cornerback Arrion Springs, who might have to line up one-on-one against his former teammate.
"I'd be lying if I said it was a normal game, he said. "It will be fun to go against Darren. It should be a lot of fun."