Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/18/13
When Colt Lyerla abruptly announced his departure from the Oregon Ducks on October 6th and his withdrawal as a student from the University of Oregon, it was met with surprise and shock in the media. But as the saga unravels, there are an increasing number of voices that say, while his departure was abrupt, it wasn’t exactly impossible to predict. In his time in Eugene, Lyerla has embodied a tension between the reality of playing Division I football for an elite team and the delusions of a teenager able to capture the attention of millions simply by being tall, strong and fast. Apparently that tension became too much for him, culminating in his departure from the team, a decision that will almost surely end badly for the promising young tight end. In the world of reality, Colt Lyerla came from an All-American high school career at Hillsboro High in Hillsboro, Oregon and made an immediate impact for the Ducks. His first year saw him score 11 touchdowns on just 32 catches, wh...
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