September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Junior Tight End Colt Lyerla Leaves Oregon 'For Personal Reasons'

The Second Ranked Oregon Ducks lost an Offensive Weapon late Sunday when Junior Tight End Colt Lyerla announced he was leaving the team for personal reasons. Several weeks ago Lyerla was upset when Coach Helfrich in a postgame press conference told the media that he missed the Tennessee game due to ‘circumstances’. It was announced shortly after that Lyerla was sick and missed three practices and therefore did not participate in the game against the Vols. In that game Freshman Tight End Johnny Mundt had a breakout game with over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Helfrich and Lyerla patched things up shortlty after the small Tennessee debacle.

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

Statement from Colt Lyerla

Lyerla on the season has caught two passes for 26 yards and two touchdowns. Oregon has a lot of young and talented Tight Ends on their roster with six including the already mentioned Mundt who has proven he can be a gamechanger. One aspect of Lyerla’s game that will be missed is his size.  Wherever he ends up, likely in the NFL he will be a beast.

According to the official release, Lyerla finishes his Oregon career with 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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