As news continues to circulate regarding the arrest of former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla for Unlawful Possession of Cocaine on Wednesday, head coach Mark Helfrich addressed the situation in a report from GoDucks.com editor Rob Moseley.
“Our only comment is the same as when he chose to leave the program, and that’s that we wish him well, and hopefully he can get through this situation,” Helfrich said on Thursday.
Former teammate and current Ducks’ offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone addressed the team’s attitude towards the situation.
“It’s just the worst-possible-case scenario,” Johnstone said. “I just hope he can get all the help he needs. It’s nothing you ever want to see.
“It definitely sucks. But we’re going to have to move forward and keep doing our thing.”
Lyerla left the Oregon program after several run-ins with coaches and several question marks regarding his behavior, and decided to hire an agent and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Lyerla caught 25 passes for 392-yards with 6 TDs and rushed 13 times for 77-yards and a TD for Oregon in 2012.
We all wish him well, and hope he can get through this and get his life figured out. When on the field, at least last season before all of these issues started to come to light, Lyerla was certainly a football talent to be reckoned with.