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Oregon WR Darren Carrington to honor New Mexico's Markel Byrd by wearing his number in Alamo Bowl

Darren Carrington will switch jersey numbers to honor his longtime friend Markel Byrd.

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington is going to honor his high school teammate, New Mexico Lobos safety Markel Byrd, who died in a car accident on his way home for Christmas break.

Carrington plans on switching to No. 22 when Oregon takes on TCU in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

The two were close friends who talked with each other every day since sixth grade and played football together at Horizon Christian Academy in San Diego.

Taking to Instagram, Carrington remembered his friend.

Kel I know you hear me.. You my brother 4 life words can't describe how im feeling rn im sick sooo sick my BESTFRIEND gone I jus talked to you this morning I love you so much Youngg so much you was literally my brother we had a bond no one could break even at my y lowest of lows you still loved me and told me I was gon be alright I feel lost without you I couldn't wait to see you today my baby bro why Lord I may ask but you in better hands now please watch over me I got you forever bro I swear we gon get this money make sure you watch the bowl game everything I do is for you... I talked to you everyday since 6th grade summer you were truly the only one who understood me in every circumstance I love you I still can't believe it I'm soooo weak please watch over me I need you right now young I love you brother this so crazy forever and ever in my Heart #RIPyoung #1 #22 #3 #11 Bruh I can't even right now I know you see this I don't wanna believe it young I love you I'm still calling waitin for you to get in bro I love you so much I jus wanna hear your voice that's all see your face talk too you idk what to do without you you we're my real life brother take care of me my guardian angel!! I promise you I got us boi I promise you young I promise. I jus got your Christmas present this is unreal I love you Magnito you my brother forever and ever the brother I never had REST IN PARADISE I LOVE YOU YOUNG !!!!!!!

A photo posted by Darren Carrington II (@thatduck_7) on