Posted October 24, 2013

Ex-Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla arrested on cocaine possession charge

Legal Matters, Oregon Ducks
Colt Lyerla played in just three games this season before withdrawing from Oregon.

Colt Lyerla played in three games this year before withdrawing from Oregon on Oct. 6. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested Wednesday on a charge of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer.

The news was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.

According to the Lane County (Ore.) Sheriffs Department, Lyerla was seen snorting a powdery substance in a car. From USA Today:

Police observed Lyerla, 20, snorting what appeared to be a white powdery substance in a parked vehicle in Eugene, according to the report, and Lyerla admitted to using cocaine. According to the report, police detectives were working an unrelated case in the vicinity.

The detectives and Lyerla agreed to meet at Lyerla’s residence to continue the investigation, according to the report, but once there Lyerla ran from the vehicle into a nearby apartment. He was arrested upon exiting the apartment and was taken to Lane County Jail. He was released at 9:20 p.m. PT.

Lyerla, who was a junior at Oregon, 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.

Last week Miller reported that Lyerla had signed with XL Sports Agency and would continue working out for the 2014 NFL draft, where he was graded as the No. 2 tight end on many draft boards.

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 sat out the Tennessee game on Sept. 14 after missing practices when he was ill. Lyerla played in only 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.

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15 comments
M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Guys relax, he only does cocaine because he likes the smell. That's it

mystafugee
mystafugee

So Bleacher Report now has an official draft analyst?  

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

It's sad what drugs do to people. This guy better get clean if he wants any shot at an NFL career. They don't take too kindly to junkies in their league (with a few exceptions). 

itsthinking
itsthinking

Wow what a damn waste.  Hope he cleans up his act, glad he isn't on our squad anymore.  Muser shut your mouth, look at our facilities and our program before your open your fat yapper. Especially when you aren't even on topic.

muser
muser

All that Nike money at Oregon isn't just being spent on fancy dorms and goofy unis...

drmuon
drmuon

Nice way to ruin your chances for a career.

theboneman21
theboneman21

Isn't this to guy that was whining a few weeks back about mistreatment ?


I think about his coach saying he was missing time because of "circumstances" or something ?


Perhaps he would have preferred him saying "he's sick from withdrawls"



Blinker
Blinker

He finished his Oregon career with 34 receptions for 565 yards

Yep...  stellar numbers.......   I can see why he is the No. 2 tight end on many draft boards.  He caught the ball 34 times!!!!!!


mysteryman
mysteryman

Well, cocaine sure worked for Michael Irvin, This guy needs some hookers, STAT! He'll be on the fast track to the NFL for sure! 

Blinker
Blinker

@theboneman21  

" He also sat out the Tennessee game on Sept. 14 after missing practices when he was ill."

I thought the same thing.  It's hard to be your best when you have been up for days!!!!!!

AnthonyJosephGomes
AnthonyJosephGomes

@Blinker the main thing NFL scouts look for are testing numbers not college stats. oregon was a run oriented team that did not throw the ball much to the tight end. this was not lyerlas fault and should not be a credit to players who play for pass happy teams that throw more to their tight ends. 4.5 forty, 40 inch vertical, 10 feet standing broad, 450 bench....yes my son that will get you into the NFL.

AnthonyJosephGomes
AnthonyJosephGomes

@Blinker @theboneman21 they said something about 6 players having the flu during the virginia game and while lyerla did drop 3 balls in that game it should be noted that other duck receivers did not do well catching mariotas passes imho. i have to admit im now a little suspicious myself about the flu story told earlier but would the U of O lie about that to cover up for 1 players drug problem? i cant believe it.

Blinker
Blinker

@AnthonyJosephGomes @Blinker  

 .yes my son that will get you into the NFL.

Very well....  we will see how the NFL scouts feel about a cocaine addition starting at 20 years old.  The numbers you mentioned can go away pretty fast with substance abuse.  Let's make the kid a millionaire...  that should solve the drug problem.