The revelation comes three weeks after Lyerla expressed his frustration over Oregon coach Mark Helfrich’s rather vague description of Lyerla’s absence from the Ducks’ game with Tennessee.
Lyerla later apologized for making his feelings public, but a rift might be at play here between the star tight end and the first-year coach. While Lyerla is an elite talent, he has just two catches on the year and hasn’t touched the ball since week two against Virginia.
Complicating matters further for Lyerla is the emergence of freshman Johnny Mundt, who has six catches for 149 yards and two scores. Perhaps there is a reasonable explanation for why Lyerla didn’t make the trip, but coming so soon after his recent issues, it makes one wonder whether we’ll see much of Lyerla the rest of the way, if at all.