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Lyerla wants drug treatment

Colt Lyerla, the one-time Hillsboro High and now ex-Oregon Duck star, did not enter an expected plea in a Lane County courtroom Thursday. Instead he remains in the Lane County Jail.

Lyerla was arrested Wednesday on a charge of cocaine possession.

Lyerla's attorney said the football player would like to take part in drug court, which would allow him to enter a treatment program. If he goes through the program, his felony drug possession charge would be dismissed.

In 2009, Lyerla led Hillsboro High to the No. 1 ranking in 5A football. It was a season Hillsboro High School Athletic Director Steven Drake said was "definitely going to be my most memorable moment of my career."

Drake had nothing but great things to say about Colt Lyerla.

"He is by far the best athlete, not just football player, but best athlete I've ever had the chance to observe," Drake said.

Drake told KOIN 6 News he's devastated by Lyerla's arrest and said he will be there to help him out.

"We work really, really hard to get him the opportunity to do the kind of things we all know that he can do and to hear this kind of news yesterday, its devastating. It hurts," Drake said.

Lyerla started for the Ducks for two years, but recently left the team due to what he said were personal reasons. Drake said he spoke with the 20-year-old earlier this month and that Lyerla was happy about his decision to leave.

Drake remains optimistic for Lyerla's future.

"I hope that whatever comes out of this that he gets the help he needs. And that he becomes the kind of person all of us in this Hillsboro community know that he can be. And that's what we hope for him."