The Oregon Ducks have several concerns coming into the 2012 season. One of their biggest issues is a lack of depth and experience in the passing game. The problem of replacing tight end David Paulson has become more pressing. Former 5-star tight end Curtis White has decided to retire from football due to injuries.
White, a 5-star recruit according to scout.com out of Sheldon High School in Eugene, OR, missed the entire 2011 season due to a severe leg injury suffered during preseason practice.
Oregon fans must be frustrated with this string of bad luck. A similar situation plagued Oregon's tight end corps last season when senior Brandon Williams was forced to retire from the football program due to a chronic injury.
With White's departure, Colt Lyerla becomes the only non-freshman option for the Ducks at tight end. Though Lyerla looked impressive last season as a true freshman with five touchdowns, he only had seven total catches. As the only tight end with experience on the roster, look for Lyerla to be the main man to fill Paulson's shoes in 2012. Behind him is redshirt freshman Christian French, an unproven but highly touted player out of Iowa.