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11/14/13 - Ex-Oregon TE Colt Lyerla opts out of drug treatment program...The legal picture for former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla wasn't made any clearer by his appearance in court Wednesday. The Oregonian reported that Lyerla and his attorney declined to enter him in a court-approved drug treatment program after his Oct. 23 arrest on charges of cocaine possession and interfering with an officer. Per the Oregonian, Lyerla's attorney asked for a two-week extension, which judge Suzanne Chanti and assistant district attorney Amy Seely rejected, citing the two extensions already granted Lyerla. Lyerla is due back in court Dec. 5.
Completing the Lane County Drug Court treatment program would have resulted in the dismissal of the possession charge, with the interference charge already dropped on the condition that he enter the program. Lyerla left the Ducks team midseason in order to prepare for the NFL Draft and then withdrew from school the first week of October. Lyerla's arrest is believed to be a damaging - but not necessarily fatal - blow to his draft stock. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/24/13 - Ex-Duck Colt Lyerla jailed on drug charge...Former University of Oregon football player Colt Lyerla was arrested Wednesday by Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team detectives after he was allegedly seen snorting cocaine while parked in a car near West Seventh Avenue and Polk Street, police said. Lyerla, 20, was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer. Lyerla, a highly touted tight end, quit the Oregon football team for “personal reasons” on Oct. 6, one day after serving a one-game suspension.
Detectives were working on an unrelated drug investigation in the Seventh Avenue and Polk Street area on Wednesday when they observed Lyerla in a parked vehicle snorting what appeared to be a white powdery substance, county sheriff’s Sgt. Steve French said. Lyerla was contacted by police and admitted to using and possessing cocaine, French said. Detectives and Lyerla agreed to meet at Lyerla’s residence to continue the investigation, French said. Once there, however, Lyerla ran from the vehicle into a nearby apartment, French said. He emerged from the residence a short time later and was arrested, and then was taken to the county jail. - Jeff Wright and Kelsey Thalhofer, The Register-Guard
10/24/13 - Police: Former Oregon TE Lyerla arrested with cocaine...Colt Lyerla, who left the University of Oregon football team two weeks ago, was arrested Wednesday for unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer, the Lane County (Ore.) Sheriffs Department said. An officer working on a case nearby said he observed Lyerla snorting a "white, powdery substance." Lyerla, who had 34 career receptions and 11 touchdowns, left the Oregon team on Oct. 6. He chose not to make the trip with the team to Boulder to play Colorado and was suspended by coach Mark Helfrich. Lyerla missed Oregon's Sept. 14 game vs. Tennessee. The school said at the time he was ill.
The talented tight end withdrew from school but said he would not transfer. He signed with a sports agency with plans to prepare for the NFL draft. NFLDraftScout.com had a first-round grade on Lyerla before he left the team. Following Wednesday's arrest, it's debatable whether he's draftable. Players with off-field issues but immense talent have been drafted in the top three rounds in recent years, including Florida and North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu failed three marijuana tests at LSU and sat out his senior season, but was contrite in team interviews and worked out well at the Scouting Combine.
Police reportedly observed Lyerla, 20, snorting what appeared to be a white powdery substance in a parked vehicle, according to the report, and Lyerla admitted to using cocaine. According to the report, police detectives were working an unrelated case in Eugene when Lyerla was spotted. Lyerla agreed to meet officers at Lyerla's residence, according to the report, but once there Lyerla ran from the vehicle into a nearby apartment. He was arrested exiting the apartment and was taken to Lane County Jail. - The Sports Xchange
10/08/13 - Talented but troubled Lyerla a tough grade for scouts...Lyerla said walking away from the No. 2 team in the country was "completely my decision" and had nothing to do with missing the Colorado game, which Oregon won 57-16. But given the number of embarrassing off-field issues that have plagued the NFL in recent years, players with any perceived character flaws entering the draft early are doing so at their own risk. As such, Lyerla's willingness to speak openly and honestly to NFL teams about the issue(s) that led to his abrupt leave from Oregon will prove critical towards his final grade. Speculation will be rampant as to the reason(s) that Lyerla is electing to leave Oregon. Whatever they may be, here's to hoping that the young man resolves them. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/08/13 - Talented but troubled Lyerla a tough grade for scouts...The 6-foot-5, 250 pound Lyerla is a physical marvel with excellent athleticism, good hand-eye coordination and toughness after the catch. He's possesses impressive straight-line speed, as well as the agility and balance to operate in space. Perhaps due to the incredible talent competing for the ball at Oregon, he never emerged as a statistically dominant player in Eugene. He caught just two passes for 26 yards in his abbreviated 2013 campaign and his career-high 25 catches for 392 yards and six scores last year isn't exactly eye-popping. Capable of lining up at tight end as well as receiver, athletic seam threats like Lyerla have never been more popular than now and he is clearly a first round talent.
While he possesses tantalizing upside, NFL teams will certainly have to do their homework on Lyerla. He missed Oregon's September 14 game against Tennessee for what Lyerla said was the stomach flu but Helfrich interestingly enough characterized simply as "circumstances." After voicing his displeasure with his head coach's choice of words, things seemed to calm down recently before Lyerla was surprisingly not among the team as it traveled to play Colorado this weekend. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com