Former Teammates React To Lyerla Arrest

EUGENE - Less than 24 hours after Colt Lyerla was arrested by police for possession, his former Oregon teammates discussed the sad news with the media Thursday.

EUGENE - Less than 24 hours after Colt Lyerla was arrested by police for possession, his former Oregon teammates discussed the sad news with the media Thursday.

Perhaps nothing stood out more than the response of junior center Hroniss Grasu when asked if he felt there was a way his teammates could've helped Lyerla.

"We've been trying to help him for a long time, but it's just unfortunate, that's all I have to say," he said.

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich declined to comment on Lyerla, but stated that "obviously we are aware" of the arrest.

"It's just a bum deal and nothing you ever want to hear happen to a player," said offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone. "Especially one that's good friends with most of the team. He left on fairly good terms. It's just a rough deal. We're all pretty sad about it."

"Oh, it's hard to hear. Seeing it printed online, it just hurts. I wish he didn't have to do that. I wish that didn't happen," said freshman tight end Johnny Mundt. "Hopefully people realize it's a just one time thing. It's a mistake, everyone makes mistakes and he can move one from it."

Regardless of all the Lyerla talk, Grasu made it clear that it has not and will prove a distraction for the Ducks.

"It's sad and unfortunate, but we can' t let that impact this team and it won't," he said.

UCLA LB Anthony Barr has 11 tackles for loss this season and is widely considered the top NFL defensive prospect in the Pac-12 conference.

Grasu compared him to a shorter Dion Jordan, saying it will require the tackles to "out-physical him".

Asked if he thought Johnstone could do it, Grasu responded with a smile.

"Oh, of course. No question."

""Especially from an offensive standpoint, this is an outstanding defense," Helfrich said. "You flip on that tape and try to find a way to scheme up guys like Barr and Marsh. Our guys have prepared really well and no we just need to play."

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