It seems as if the rift between talented tight end Colt Lyerla and the Oregon Ducks has finally come to an end–and that’s because the embattled star has informed the team that he will not be returning at all.
According to the official Oregon athletics site, Lyerla informed head coach Mark Helfrich late Sunday night that he won’t be making an appearance at all the rest of this year.
Lyerla started three of the first four games for Oregon this season, however he was suspended for Saturday’s outing against Colorado, further fueling rumors that there were issues between the no.2 team in the country and one of their biggest offensive weapons.
The university has made it clear that the two parties are parting ways on “good terms”, and Lyerla even issued this statement:
“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.”
It should be noted that he is eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. It will be interesting to watch his evaluation as many teams will question why he quit on his college team mid-season.
In Lyerla’s absence, the tight end duties will be taken over by sophomore Pharoah Brown and freshman Johnny Mundt.