Posted October 17, 2013

Report: Ex-Oregon TE Colt Lyerla signs with agent, will enter 2014 NFL Draft

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After withdrawing from Oregon in early October, tight end Colt Lyerla announced ht has signed with an agent. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After withdrawing from Oregon in early October, tight end Colt Lyerla announced he has signed with an agent. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has signed with an agent and will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, Matt Miller of the Bleacher Report reports.

Lyerla signed with XL Sports Agency and will continue working out as he prepares for the draft, Miller reports.

Lyerla, a junior, informed Ducks coach Mark Helfrich on Oct. 6 that he would be withdrawing from school. The former five-star recruit said in a school statement that his departure was on good terms.

“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.”

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“I wish nothing but the best for coach Helfrich and the team,” Lyerla said. “I love the University of Oregon and am so thankful for every opportunity that I had. I’m going to use everything I learned from this program and do my best to be successful in whatever happens in the future.”

Lyerla played in three games this season and had two catches for 26 yards and three rushes for 17 yards and one touchdown. He finished his Oregon career with 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Lyerla missed the Ducks’ Oct. 5 win over Colorado while serving a one-game suspension for what head coach Mark Helfrich called a “violation of team rules.” He also missed the Tennessee game on Sept. 14 after missing practices when he was under the weather.

5 comments
BenJohnson1
BenJohnson1

A perfect example of why you don't pay players. You think this guy "made millions" for the school? No. This guy contributed nothing to Oregon.


AnthonyJosephGomes
AnthonyJosephGomes

lyerla was sick when he dropped those balls. the year before that he was money in the bank catching the ball. if you can find a player who doesnt get sick or injured thats great otherwise i dont think the passes colt dropped in the virginia game are really that important.

tommyt715
tommyt715

dude sucks anyway.  He hasn't made much of an impact on O's offense this year at all.  The times I've seen him play, he drops balls thrown right into his hands.

BenJohnson1
BenJohnson1

But he definitely got the thousands in tuition, book, room, board, training, health care etc.


Usually the player-school relationship ends like this. A player getting hurt, leaving or finishing but not bringing a ton of value to the school. Nothing wrong with that, but don't say all of them should get paid.

Adolfis
Adolfis

@AnthonyJosephGomes I dont think that is the case here.  Red Flag  “violation of team rules.”   Red Flag " under the weather" . And another Red Flag when he drops out of school to sign with an agent!

Patriots might take him. The coach there should weed him out pretty fast.