UO FB player pleads not guilty to alcohol charge

The Ducks football player hasn't played at all this season

Oregon's Cameron Hunt, left, celebrates a touchdown made by Darren Carrington (87) during the second half of a Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against Arizona Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. Oregon won the game, 51-13. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Oregon's Cameron Hunt, left, celebrates a touchdown made by Darren Carrington (87) during the second half of a Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against Arizona Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. Oregon won the game, 51-13. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – A University of Oregon football player has pleaded not guilty to an alcohol-related charge and is scheduled to go to trial next month.

The Register-Guard reports that 20-year-old Darren Carrington appeared in Eugene Municipal Court on Tuesday to plead not guilty to a violation of the state’s open container law.

Police say Carrington was ticketed on Sept. 26 after a Eugene Police Department officer saw the wide receiver carrying a cup that contained alcohol.

A non-jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Carrington has not played this season while serving an NCAA-mandated suspension for a failed drug test. It is unclear when he will return to the field.

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