Colt Lyerla: Oregon’s stallion

Colt Lyerla's athletic ability is evident whenever he touches the ball.

Kevin Cline

Colt Lyerla’s athletic ability is evident whenever he touches the ball.

Every guy that plays football for the Ducks was a ‘jock’ in high school, but Colt Lyerla takes the word ‘jock’ to a whole new level. He measures a legitimate 6’5″, 245 lbs, and is literally all muscle.  A 5-star prospect out of Hillsboro (Ore.) High School, Lyerla was compared to Julius Peppers as an athlete, and can jump onto a 62″ plyo box.  The junior-to-be scored six TD’s through the air in 2012 (was limited by a knee injury at mid-season), and even scored a TD at running back early in the season.  He’s truly a video game type of athlete (and he’s a force in NCAA ’14).

Because Colt didn’t redshirt (scored five TD’s on seven touches in 2011), he’s eligible to declare for the draft in 2014.  That’s a real possibility, as his physical abilities make him a likely top-50 pick whenever he goes pro.  Colt can push his stock into the first round if he produces at a high-level in 2013, but the real key for Lyerla is to stay healthy and free of off-field distractions.  If he can stay on the field for every game and keep his name in the news for the right reasons, his production should result in All-Pac 12, and potentially All-American, recognition.  His measurables and athleticism will only improve his draft stock when it comes time for the NFL Combine, as he’ll likely run his forty in the 4.5-4.6 second range, and will wow teams with his explosive jumping ability.

Duck fans are excited to see what Colt can do as an upperclassmen, and just for fun, here’s a link to him jumping into the bed of a jacked-up truck.

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