Colt Lyerla biggest name on tryout list

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Normally, the list of tryout players the Green Bay Packers bring in for their rookie orientation camp does not have many recognizable names.

But former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla's named jumped off the page, given his talent level and highly publicized departure from the Ducks followed by a drug arrest.

Just about every year, the Packers end up signing a few of them to their 90-man offseason roster and some -- like receiver Jarrett Boykin and tight end Brandon Bostick -- make it all the way to the 53-man roster.

This year, there is even another tryout player from Bostick’s alma mater, Division II Newberry College.

"These tryout players, like I told them, there's not a whole lot difference between some of these tryout players and the guys that are here and have been drafted or have already signed a free agent contract," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "Some guy may have run a bad 40. One guy may be a little bit shorter, but they're all very good football players that are here for a reason. There's no lottery tickets that were laid out and you happen to get lucky to get into the room."

Here is the full list of tryout players, by position:


QB: Jacob Karam, Memphis

RB: James Sims, Kansas; Chris Rycraw, Ouachita Baptist

FB: Jeremy Eddington, Rice

WR: Nick Truesdell, Cincinnati; Wilson Van Hooser, Troy; Travis Van Leeuwen, Utah State; Cole Stanford, Cal Poly.

TE: Ike Ariguzo, Eastern Kentucky; Colt Lyerla, Oregon

OL: Jamal Ellis, G, Newberry; DaShawn Johnson, G, William Patterson; Theo Goins, G, Central Florida; Rico Forbes, T, Washington State


DL: Ted Ouellet, DE, Bowling Green; Luther Robinson, DE, Miami; LT Tuipulotu, DT, Utah

LB: Cole Klotz, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland; Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State; Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State; Brandon Denmark, Florida A&M

CB: Charles Clay, Hawaii

S: Demetruce McNeal, West Alabama; Greg Worthy, Furman

Special teams

K: Vincenzo D’Amato, California

P: Paul Layton, Temple

LS: Bryan Whitaker, Youngstown State