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TE Colt Lyerla withdraws from Oregon on ‘good terms’

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Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has withdrawn from school, the Ducks announced on Sunday.

The action comes after Lyerla was suspended for the Ducks’ win Saturday at Colorado. The junior said his departure wasn’t related to that and was completely his decision.

“I love everyone at Oregon; everyone’s on good terms, I believe,” Lyerla said. “Just for my own benefit, it was time to move on.”

Lyerla will not transfer to another school, but will instead pursue an NFL career.

“We wish Colt nothing but the best in the future, and will support him in any way we can,” said Oregon coach Mark Helfrich.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder junior finished his UO career with 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has the physical tools to thrive in the NFL and is a likely first-round pick, so long as pro teams don’t downgrade him for his attitude and the way this move might reflect on him.

As for Oregon, it has more than enough weapons to survive the loss of Lyerla, who had just two catches on the year. The Ducks are loaded to the hilt with talent at tight end and are already getting good production out of freshman Johnny Mundt.

In other words, the show will go on for Oregon.

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9 Responses to “TE Colt Lyerla withdraws from Oregon on ‘good terms’”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Oct 6, 2013 10:19 PM

    Clown Story.

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Oct 7, 2013 12:03 AM

    There is something else going on here, maybe an Oregon diehard would know more.

  3. dogtrainer7 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:26 AM

    I remember a few weeks back he had a ton of drops during a game and really hasn`t played since.
    Might have something to do with being benched for a game and throwing a temper tantrum
    Just a guess

  4. dcandyman1 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:54 AM

    personally i am thinking he had trouble in school. I believe he may have not been a great student, at least i heard that out of high school. So sad cause i know they have tutors paid to help these guys,

  5. arliss8675 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:43 AM

    Word im hearing is drugs. Nickname on campus was Coke Lyerla

  6. porttac says: Oct 7, 2013 1:10 PM

    I live in Eugene and follow the Ducks. There is no information on exactly why Colt is leaving. The “drug” reference by arlliss8675..where did you get that?
    Maturity(Colt’s) would suffice all and any conjecture at this junction, but don’t let me stop you.

  7. duckman62 says: Oct 7, 2013 2:34 PM

    I’m hearing Academics, but as dcandyman1 said, they have tutors to help, so I suspect more to this story (maybe attendance?).

  8. warpphillip says: Oct 7, 2013 5:42 PM

    From everything I gather, He has been sick for a large part of the beginning of the the semester. This could cause all sorts of academic issues once feeling better. I am a huge fan of Lyerla, and wish him well regardless of where the ball lands.

    It just won’t be landing in his hands this season. The Duck program will not suffer.

  9. harshedmellow says: Oct 9, 2013 3:21 AM

    I first noticed him in high school, as an incoming Duck recruit….. that YouTube vid of him jumping up on a platform that was like as high as his chin was just crazy. As a Duck fan, I was hoping for big things.

    I think he’s making a mistake, but who am I to say. Good luck to the young man in whatever he pursues next!

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