After the Oregon Ducks 59-14 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday, tight end Colt Lyerla voiced his displeasure with the way Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich addressed his absence from the game Saturday.
After the game, Helfrich simply responded with the word “circumstances” when asked why Lyerla didn’t play.
“I’m really upset with the way coach Helfrich said that after the game,’’ Lyerla told Jason Quick the Oregonian Sunday. “Really disappointed. I feel hurt about this. I watched a little bit of what he said, then started reading all of it, and … it was unfair.’’
Lyerla apparently had the stomach flu and told reporters he thought Helfrich’s use of the word “circumstances” could lead people to misinterpret the reason he was out.
After practice Monday, Lyerla apologized for his comments and said both he and Helfrich talked and decided to move on.
Lyerla, a 6’5, 246 lb. junior out of Hillsboro, Oregon, has two catches for 26 yards this season. Last season, he had 25 receptions for 392 yards and 13 carries for 77 yards. He doesn’t have a touchdown.
The Ducks will have a bye this week. They’ll next be in action when they host California on September 28.