Oregon TE Colt Lyerla surprisingly leaves football program
Oregon junior tight end Colt Lyerla has left the school's football program and withdrawn from school, the university announced Sunday.
The school said that Lyerla informed Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich of his decision late Sunday afternoon. He had been suspended Saturday for the Ducks' win at Colorado for an unspecified violation of team rules.
In a statement released by the program, Lyerla said he was leaving on "good terms" and that it had nothing to do with his suspension.
“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,” he added. “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 started 12 games for Oregon throughout his career. He caught 34 passes for 565 yards and 12 touchdowns. The school said he plans to "pursue a professional career." At 6 feet 5 inches and 250 pounds, he figures to be a prime NFL draft prospect.MANDEL: College Football Overtime