Oregon Football: How Mark Helfrich Can Get the Most out of Colt Lyerla

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Oregon Football: How Mark Helfrich Can Get the Most out of Colt Lyerla
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Every starting tight end for the Oregon Ducks since 1987 has played in the NFL. With the help of new head coach Mark Helfrich, Colt Lyerla looks to continue that tradition.

Fans familiar with the Oregon Ducks call him Bane (like the vicious character in the final Batman trilogy), but you can just call him Colt. This season, under the new leadership of Helfrich and with a more polished quarterback Marcus Mariota behind the gun, expect another monster season from the monstrous tight end. With his freakish athleticism, Lyerla will indeed be one of the most explosive weapons in not only the Pac-12 next season, but in all of college football.

With a naturally savvy approach to the game and blocking skills unparalleled in the conference, Lyerla could even establish an NFL résumé after completing his third year of elite NCAA pedigree. Even before the season begins, however, his potential NFL future already looks bright.    

“One of the most athletic big men in the country,” writes Scott Kennedy of Scout.com, who compares Lyerla to Patriots tight end and former top prospect Aaron Hernandez. “Lyerla has the change of direction of a big wide receiver with the toughness of a linebacker.”

There’s a lot to love about Lyerla on the football field. As Mariota’s third favorite reception target last season (behind only De’Anthony Thomas and Josh Huff), I would only expect that relationship to flourish this season. With the help of offensive guru Mark Helfrich, however, Lyerla can reach improbable new heights for the upcoming season.  

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