Former Oregon Ducks TE Colt Lyerla appears in Lane County Drug Court


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


Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla was arrested last week on the charge of one count of cocaine possession, and today, he awaited word on if he could enter a drug rehabilitation program in Lane County. Lyerla’s Lane County’s drug court process began Monday at his orientation at the public defender’s office. Whether he can enter the program is based in part off that evaluation. but the decision to allow him into the program has been postponed:

Lyerla was one of the last people to be called before the judge, who said she wanted him to see how the court worked.

The judge then made the decision to postpone his entrance to the drug treatment program to give the public defender time to go over the police reports.

The former Duck said following his departure  in a school statement that he was on good terms when he left Oregon:

“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.”

“I wish nothing but the best for coach Helfrich and the team. 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.”

Lyerla left the Ducks football team earlier this year, and it was reported last week Lyerla planned to hire an agent and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in three games this season and had two catches for 26 yards and three rushes for 17 yards and one touchdown. He finished his Oregon career with 34 receptions for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Topics: Colt Lyerla, NFL Draft, Oregon Ducks

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