The quiet revolution in Oregon football recruiting

The speed, uniforms, the Nike connection and the entertaining playing style have made the Ducks a dream school for the newest generation of top talent, and Mark Helfrich and the Oregon coaching staff are maximizing those advantages with unprecedented recruiting success (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images). Chip Kelly was a reluctant recruiter. He hated the process that required...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon Probe of Colt Lyerla’s Allegations Find No Violations

Early last September, former Oregon Duck Tight End Colt Lyerla claimed in an interview that while he was being recruited by Oregon, a booster had promise “a house, a car, all these things” if he would play for the Ducks. Even though he also mentioned that he never received the impermissible benefits he was promised, it prompted an internal investigation from the University of...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Oregon Ducks TE Colt Lyerla Looking to Make a Comeback?

At one time Colt Lyerla was an up and coming talent with the Oregon Ducks. He didn't catch a lot of passes in his time with the Ducks, but he made a lot out of what he did catch. As a freshman five of his seven catches were touchdowns. The following season he had 25 catches for close to 400 yards and six touchdowns.  He ended up leaving the team during the season his junior year...
Via FatManWriting
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Duckcade of Dominance

It’s been a run of great players making great plays for the Oregon Ducks, who go for #11 versus the Huskies this Saturday in Autzen (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports photo). Year Score 2013 Oregon 45, Washington 24 Byron Marshall runs for 106 yards and two touchdowns, Mariota passes for 366 and 3 scores, runs for 88 2012 Oregon 52, Washington 21 Freshman qb Mariota throws 4 TD passes...
Via The Duck Stops Here
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Oregon player Lyerla pleads not guilty to DUI

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) Former University of Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of drugs. The Oregonian newspaper reports ( ) the 21-year-old made no statements at Wednesday's arraignment in Washington County. He is scheduled to return to court next month. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Lyerla was pulled...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Packer Lyerla Arrested

Forget about Colt Lyerla returning to the Packers – either as a tight end or a fullback. The former Oregon star was arrested in Washington County at 2 a.m. Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Lyerla attended training camp with the Packers this summer, but was waived on Aug. 27 after reaching an injury settlement with the team. The Packers...
Via Packers Notes
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Oregon examining ex-Duck's claims he was promised house, car

The Oregon Athletic Department says they will look into the allegations of a former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla who says he was promised a house and car if he attended the school. Despite the alleged promises, Lyerla said he never received the gifts. "The University of Oregon takes seriously any allegation of a rules violation and the compliance department will thoroughly examine...
Via Fox Sports
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Colt Lyerla: ‘I was promised a house, a car’ to go to Oregon

Former Oregon Duck Colt Lyerla, who was cut by the Green Bay Packers in August following an injury, recently spoke with about his football career. Leyrla talked to the sports website about the recruiting process he went through leading up to signing with Oregon.  He told about how he was close to signing with USC before a huge offer was put on the table...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Take Calculated Risk on Lyerla

We’ve been down this road before. A football player gets himself into trouble. The player is then thrown to the wolves in the public spotlight. Finally, an NFL team sees potential and gives the troubled player a chance to redeem himself. This type of no-lose signing is becoming a popular trend among NFL franchises battling to remain on top of the competitive football world.Early...
Via Pro Football Spot
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay and the Packers the Best Case Scenario for Troubled Lyerla

One of the go-to insults for jealous fans of other teams is to make fun of Green Bay itself.  Ryan Longwell made an infamous comment about Applebee’s restaurant being “as fancy as it got” in the home of the Packers.  I remember Vikings fans telling me that Greg Jennings wanted to continue to live in the upper Midwest, he just wanted to move out of the sh*thole that is Titletown...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers sign three of 27 tryout players, including one very intriguing TE

As promised by Ted Thompson in his press conference on Saturday the Packers made decisions on 27 tryout players Monday, signing three to the team roster. The group is headlined but Ex-Oregon Duck star TE Colt Lyerla. Lyerla has a well documented past that includes drug use, suspension and arrest. He also has all the intangibles to become a premier tight end in the NFL. He was a top...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Colt Lyerla Worth The Risk

Ted Thompson would not be characterized as a risk taking general managers by most who follow the Green Bay Packers, but he has shown a willingness to give second chances. Yesterday, Thompson signed former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla to a contract after a two day tryout. Lyerla was considered to be one of the most talented tight ends in this year’s draft class, but went undrafted...
Via Packers Talk Radio Network
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers sign troubled former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla just proved the professional sports adage we’ve all known: if you have talent, there will always be a team willing to give you a shot. And that’s what’s happening in this case. Lyerla is a former 5-star recruit who left Oregon’s program in October because of a number of behavioral issues, including constantly […]
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Sign TE Colt Lyerla

The Packers signed troubled tight end Colt Lyerla following last week’s rookie mini camp. The Green Bay Packers continue to raise eyebrows as they signed troubled and undrafted tight end Colt Lyerla to a contract, following last week’s rookie mini camp.  The news broke on Monday and Packer Report’s Bill Huber was one of the first to announce the signing. Lyerla was on almost...
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Packers have signed TE Colt Lyerla

This should not be a surprise but the Green Bay Packers have signed TE Colt Lyerla after his workout last weekend. The signing can be a huge steal for the Packers if the former Oregon player can clean up his act. No scout questions his talents. However, his off-field issues ruined every chance to get drafted this year. The 6’4 ft. and 247 lb. Lyerla left Oregon in October 2013...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers Sign Colt Lyerla

If it wasn’t for off-field issues, and plenty of them to go around, former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla likely would have been a top-20 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He was among the most talented pass catchers in the nation when on the field for the Ducks for parts of three seasons.  Packers signed former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 19, 2014 After...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The Packers’ 5 Most Intriguing Undrafted Free Agent Signings

Few teams keep as many undrafted free agents on their roster as the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have had at least 3 rookie undrafted free agents on their opening day roster the past 4 years. With the Packers signing 2 free agents this offseason and adding 9 players in the draft, it is difficult to imagine them being able to find another 3 roster spots for undrafted rookies this...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Sign TE Colt Lyerla

  The Green Bay Packers officially signed Oregon TE Colt Lyerla, according to the NFL transactions release. Recent reports mentioned that the Packers were “leaning” towards signing Lyerla to a contract at the end of rookie orientation camp. “We did a lot of work on Colt,” GM Ted Thompson said Saturday. “He’s a very talented athlete. We interviewed him at the...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Highlights of un-drafted TE Colt Lyerla should get Green Bay Packers fans very excited

The Green Bay Packers began rookie workouts a few days ago giving their draft picks, un-drafted free agents, and tryout players a chance to prove their worth on the football field. One player under a microscope during rookie training will be former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla. Lyerla was arguably the most talented tight end in the draft this year and has the physical intangibles...
Via cover32 - Packers
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers “Leaning” Towards Signing Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla

  On Friday, the Green Bay Packers surprisingly brought in former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla for a tryout after he went undrafted and wasn’t signed to a contract as a free agent. According to Rob Demovsky of, it appears as though the Packers are “leaning” towards signing Lyerla to a contract at the end of rookie orientation camp. Packers GM Ted Thompson is expected to...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Colt Lyerla: Talented, Troubled Tight End to Tryout for Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers have agreed to bring in troubled Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla for a tryout with a chance to earn a spot on their 90-man roster, NBC Sports’ Darin Gantt reports. Lyerla, one of the most talented tight end’s in college football was kicked off the Ducks early last season due to an off-the-field drug arrest. Because of that issue, Lyerla, who has second-round...
Via The Packers Guru
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Troubled Lyerla gets tryout with Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Colt Lyerla's resume entering the NFL Draft included an arrest for cocaine possession, jail time, highly questionable social media posts and a junior season that ended within the first month when he mutually parted with the University of Oregon after first being suspended. Lyerla can now add "member of the Green Bay Packers" to that otherwise regrettable list....
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers offer Colt Lyerla a tryout

Packers beat reporter Rob Demovsky just tweeted a pic of the Packers rookie orientation with one surprising name.  One of the more interesting topics that hasn’t seen much news coverage is where former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla ended up and now we have an answer; namely Lyeria likely didn’t get single offer as a undrafted rookie free agent and now must fight for a spot as...
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla Trying Out For Packers

  Rob Demovsky of ESPN posted the Packers rookie orientation roster on Friday and, interestingly enough, it included former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla. No one took a chance on Lyerla during the draft, but it seemed like there was a decent enough chance that a team could sign him as an undrafted free agent, despite the numerous off-the-field concerns. However, that never happened and...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Colt Lyerla – Respect Your Elders

As a youngster and throughout life, I’ve heard an infinite amount of people preach and echo that sentiment.  You can’t put a price on wisdom, and wisdom is attained primarily via experience … something elders can’t help but have.  Colt Lyerla could use a little wisdom right now, and had he listened to his elders he might be worrying more about how he’d be investing his...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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