Ex-Auburn star Dyer headed to Louisville

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Updated: August 2, 2013

Little Rock, AR (Sports Network) – Michael Dyer, who helped Auburn to a BCS
national championship as a freshman before having a promising career
sidetracked by a number of off-field issues, has decided to transfer to
Louisville for the upcoming 2013 season.

Dyer made the announcement in a statement released by Arkansas Baptist
College, where the prized running back spent the past academic year away from
football after being dismissed from Arkansas State following an arrest in
March of 2012.

“I am ready to start a new chapter in my life,” said Dyer in the statement.

The 22-year-old came to Auburn as one of the nation’s most heralded recruits
in 2010 and rushed for 1,093 yards with five touchdowns during his freshman
season, which he capped with a 22-carry, 143-yard performance to earn
offensive MVP honors in the Tigers’ 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS
Championship Game.

Dyer then earned first team All-SEC honors as a sophomore after putting up
1,242 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, but Auburn released him from his
scholarship following the 2011 season due to reported failed drug tests.

The Little Rock native subsequently transferred to Arkansas State, where
former Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Mahlzahn had just been named head
coach. Dyer never played a game for the Red Wolves, though, as Mahlzahn
dismissed him from the program last summer after Arkansas State police
confiscated a handgun and marijuana from Dyer’s vehicle when being pulled over
and charged with speeding.

“I’ve learned from my past and feel that Louisville is the best place to play
the second half of my collegiate career,” Dyer continued. “I thank God for
(Louisville) Coach (Charlie) Strong’s belief in me. I am not going to let him
down.”

Having sat out all of last year while earning an associates degree at Arkansas
Baptist, Dyer will be immediately eligible to play for Louisville, which is
coming off an 11-2 season capped by a victory over Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
The Cardinals are ranked ninth overall in the preseason USA Today coaches
poll.