Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has asked an Oregon judge to let him move to Las Vegas to train for the 2014 draft.
Lyerla was arrested for cocaine possession in October, shortly after he left the team at Oregon. One of the conditions for his release was that he remains in Oregon while his case is adjudicated.
His attorney says in court documents that his client wants to move to Las Vegas to train because no comparable training program exists in Oregon. The attorney wrote that it will not be possible for Lyerla "to advance his professional sports career plan without participation in this unique training program."
The Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard reported that a hearing on the request has been delayed until Dec. 17 at the earliest.
Lyerla (6-foot-5, 246 pounds) was considered one of the nation's top tight ends entering the season, but he had just two receptions in three games before leaving the team Oct. 6 for what was termed "personal reasons."
Scouts for two NFL teams told NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks that despite his talent and athleticism, Lyerla definitely has raised red flags in front offices.
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