Colt Lyerla is the Ducks’ best-kept secret. With 25 receptions for 392 yards and six touchdowns, he’s seemingly forgotten in the discussion of best tight ends in the country – but he shouldn’t be. Lyerla has all-conference ability and first-round draft potential; Here is why:
1. Size: It’s impossible to train natural size. Size isn’t earned; it’s given. Spencer Paysinger tweeted during Lyerla’s freshman season: “Colt Lyerla weighs more as a freshman than I did as a senior!” Not many people in the world healthily carry around 250 pounds, even at 6’5”, and they certainly don’t look the part of Goliath-conforming ‘Colt 15’. Too many times to count did three or more tacklers team up to bring the big man down. At 270 pounds, I guarantee you his six-pack would still protrude from his midriff.
2. Blocking: With his size flares patent blocking. The USC game of 2012 comes to mind when I think of greatest blocking performances in a football game and Lyerla was chiefly the reason. After a reception on the first drive, Lyerla didn’t break from the line for the rest of the game. Instead, he punished linebackers and defensive ends unmercifully, opening holes and sealing edges for Kenjon Barner’s career performance. Lyerla is often underutilized in the passing game, but it’s only because his blocking is so damn filthy!
3. Athleticism: No tight end in the country manifests the sheer athleticism of Oregon’s starting tight end. The catch against Washington comes to mind, where Lyerla slants across the middle of the endzone, leaping to catch a rocket from Marcus Mariota. In conjunction, not many teams can line up their tight end as a running back and see him take seven carries for 63 yards (9.0 average) and a touchdown. I’m sorry, but who in the heck does that…
See Charles’ article for more of the freak show that is ‘Colt 15′.