Whenever rabid Duck fan Josh Rawls gets the new NCAA football video game, he inserts a player into the Oregon roster he calls Salty Cracker.
Cracker is a tailback/linebacker/tight end who is 6-9, 285, runs a 4.25 40, an instant beast mode stud who rates 99 in everything, makes opposing coaches scream in agony and cheerleaders weak with desire.
Colt Lyerla isn't quite that big or fast, but he plays a lot like Salty Cracker.
Photo left: Oregon's John Mackey Award candidate finds daylight in a night game against Arizona (lostletterman.com photo).
In the 25-year rise of Oregon football the Webfoots have sent 11 tight ends to the National Football League, and Colt Lyerla has more talent than any of them.
Lyerla was a do-everything superstar in high school, a 5-star Army All-American offered by 30 colleges including USC and Oklahoma. He scored 39 touchdowns from scrimmage and won a state championship. He rushed for 3000 yards in two years, scored 17 points a game in ...