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.
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."