Colt Lyerla in action with Oregon. (Photo duckstopshere.com)
Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
It’s not often when one of the most talented players in the nation decides to leave the football team in the middle of a successful season. It would be more understandable if there were piling losses, or outward clashes with coaches, or even pressing family issues.
In the case of Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla, none of those seem to overtly apply. Lyerla left the Ducks in early October, citing personal issues.
Even in his star-crossed career, this seems surprising. Lyerla is an incredibly gifted athlete, but has never quite achieved the level of success envisioned. His Ducks career ends with just 34 career receptions and 12 career starts. This production is not nearly indicative of Lyerla’s considerable athleticism and ability as a football player. (more…)