Former Duck Lyerla pleads guilty to cocaine possession

Former Duck Lyerla pleads guilty to cocaine possession
Colt Lyerla at the Lane County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 17.

EUGENE, Ore. - Former Duck tight end Colt Lyerla pleaded guilty Friday to possession of cocaine.

A narcotic detective saw Lyerla snorting a white powder later identified as cocaine back in October, days after the rushing star from Hillsboro announced he was leaving the Ducks.

The case has been back in court as Lyerla changed attorneys, initially rejected a drug treatment plan and sought permission to move to Las Vegas to prepare for the NFL draft.

After pleading guilty, the judge sentenced to Lyerla to 2 years of probation, 10 days in jail and a $200 fine.

He must also perform 40 hours of community service, submit to random drug tests and attend treatment.

The jail time was suspended.

After a review hearing February 7, the court will determine whether Lyerla is eligible to have the charge reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, according to the district attorney's office.