Colt Lyerla was arrested in Lane County, Ore., on Wednesday for cocaine possession, according to a police report. The arrest comes less than three weeks after it was announced the tight end left the Oregon Ducks football program.
Lyerla reportedly was arrested near 7th Ave. and Polk St. in Eugene, which is where the University of Oregon campus is located.
According to a police report, Lyerla happened to park next to some cops who were watching a house under surveillance in an unrelated drug investigation. The police observed Lyerla appearing to snort and possess cocaine. Lyerla allegedly admitted to possessing and using the coke. He agreed to meet the detectives at his apartment, but he supposedly fled once they were inside. The police report states he went to a nearby apartment and was arrested after emerging from the residence a short time later. He was then taken to jail.
Lyerla was a junior tight end who missed two games this season before deciding to leave the program. He reportedly was constantly late or missed team activities, which led coach Mark Helfrich to threaten to kick him off the team if he made one more mistake. Lyerla decided to leave the program to focus on the NFL Draft. He supposedly had stopped showing up to class as well.
Lyerla has all the tools of a strong NFL prospect, but he has serious character issues. In addition to his problems this season, he was also suspended last year by Chip Kelly. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller first reported news of Lyerla’s arrest.