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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Brett Perez

Brett Perez

Brett is a graduate of Astoria High School and is currently a sophomore journalism student at the University of Oregon and member of the 2012-2013 Cheerleading team. He is an Eagle Scout from Troop 211 in Astoria, and enjoys rock climbing and all fitness pursuits. Brett's favorite sport is baseball, with football a close second. Minoring in Spanish, he hopes to work with Latinos in Major League Baseball in some capacity in the future, either as a scout or translator.


    Yes he is a beast and another player Oregon needs to incorporate into this O more this year. I’d like to see him with at least over 400 yrds and DD scores and he could get it done, and I believe Tyner will be the Dark Horse in all this and would only hope by the 3rd week of the season he will be a Threat lets just say a Triple threat and that’s not even including our Receivers this year, So this Team actually looks like it could break Scoring records this year, cause I don’t believe for a second there’s one D in the Pac that will even come close to holding this Team in the 40s.

  • hokieduck

    Brett Perez. Don’t see how Colt does not get drafted in the first round barring serious injury or serious off-field incident. His physical tools are simply too freakishly off the charts.