Tight end Colt Lyerla has withdrawn from the University of Oregon, according to reports out of Eugene, OR.
At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Lyerla was advertised as one of the best tight ends in the nation prior to his junior season at Oregon. However, GoDucks.com reported on Sunday that Lyerla is no longer a member of the Ducks football team – or even a student at the school at all.
“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.”
Lyerla had started three of the team’s first four games at tight end, but was suspended for Oregon’s blowout win over Colorado on Saturday. The exact rationale behind the suspension has not been made public, but Lyerla is adamant that whatever the reason, he will still love his alma mater.
“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.”
He said that his final chat with first-year coach Mark Helfrich went really well, and Helfrich agreed – although he shut the door on the matter right after.
“We wish Colt nothing but the best in the future, and will support him in any way we can,” said Helfrich, who said he will decline further comment on the matter.
Lyerla had caught 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns in his two-plus years at Oregon and also tallied 94 rushing yards on 16 carries with another two scores.
Sophomore Pharaoh Brown and freshman Johnny Mundt are going to alternate at the position in Lyerla’s stead.
[H/T: CBS Sports]