Carson transfer confirmed by Oregon

In news that is no surprise, Oregon officially announced Monday that running back Tra Carson, who was in line to be the Ducks' power back behind Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, is transferring.

In a news release, the school said Carson "did not return to school for the start of the spring term classes Monday, and intends to transfer closer to home."

The 6-0, 227-pound Carson ran for 254 yards and one touchdown in 10 games as a true freshman in 2011, in addition to catching one pass for six yards.

Carson's transfer opens the door for incoming freshman Byron Marshall to earn playing time this fall.