Sunday, March 4, 2012
Player troubles at Oregon, Washington State
By ESPN.com staff
Wouldn't it be great if we could get to fall camp with no stories about off-field issues, other than perhaps a trip or two by players to the children's hospital?
Alas, with 18-to-25-year-olds there are going to be troubles, and players from Oregon and Washington State both have made news for the wrong reasons.
At Oregon, junior receiver Josh Huff was charged with DUI early Saturday morning. Huff is the Ducks second-leading returning receiver heading into 2012, though De'Anthony Thomas is a hybrid receiver-running back, so he could be considered the leading returning wideout. Huff caught 31 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns last season as a sophomore.
At Washington State, junior linebacker Sekope Kaufusi was kicked off the team after his arrest last week for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. New coach Mike Leach is clearly setting strict standards for discipline, but his LB corps is paying for it. Leach previously booted C.J. Mizell after he was arrested on an assault charge on Feb. 5. Both Mizell and Kaufusi were returning starters at a position that now lacks any significant experience.
The Ducks also appear to be losing a backup running back, though Tra Carson is opting to transfer. A 227-pound true sophomore who rushed 254 yards and a touchdown last year, he was expected to give the Ducks a power back to compliment Thomas and Kenjon Barner.
His transfer could open the door for touted incoming freshman Byron Marshall.