Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon Football: Colt Lyerla Makes CBS Sports 'Freak Athlete' List

Well it looks like the rest of the country is getting a little taste of what many of us have known for a while. Oregon Offensive Piledriver Colt Lyerla is a ‘freak.’ in on the list of ‘Freak Athletes’ heading into the 2013 College Football Season. He comes in at #15 and CBS Sports Bruce Feldman says of Lyerla:

When Chip Kelly lined up the 6-5, 250-pounder at running back it was quite a sight. Lyerla was quite the weapon with surprising wheels for a guy that size, especially when it comes to his hops. He had vertical jumped 35 inches (second-best all-time among Oregon tight ends) and touched a team-best 11-3 in the jump reach. But this video alone gets him a spot on this year’s Freaks List.

I believe this is a compliment to him as an athlete and as a player, at least under the Chip Kelly style of play. When you can both run the ball and catch the ball and your big, it’s hard to slow that down.

Other college athletes that made the list include Number 1(no surprise here) Jadevon Clowney from South Carolina, whose hit in their bowl game was on ESPN’s Top 10 at Number 1 for what seemed like a year. There was one other Pac 12 player to make the list. At #7 USC Wide Receiver Marquise Lee. Former Duck Lache Seastrunk from Baylor was at #3. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel came in at #7.

Oregon opens the 2013 College Football season on Saturday August 21st vs Nicholls State in Autzen Stadium.


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