Michael Dyer

Michael Dyer’s final appeal denied; will remain at Ark. St.


After an initial appeal for immediate eligibility was denied earlier this month, rumors surfaced earlier this week that Michael Dyer was considering transferring from Arkansas State to a lower-level program, where he would be eligible to play in 2012.

That speculation turned out to be off-base, although that was the only good news on the immediate Dyer front for first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.

At a press conference held Friday afternoon, Malzahn confirm that the school’s appeal of the NCAA’s original decision was denied by the organization.  As a result, Dyer, who transferred from Auburn earlier this year, will not play in 2012.

Dyer stated during the presser that he had no idea where the rumors of a move to a Div. II school came from, stating that “I’ve decided to come back, sit out and do what’s best to help my teammates.”  Per ArkansasSports360.com, Dyer added that he only considered two options after the second appeal was denied: stay at ASU and play in 2013 or leave in the spring for the NFL.

As Dyer would be three years removed from high school, he will be eligible for the April draft.

If that option is indeed off the table, Dyer’s return would create an interesting storyline early on in the 2013 season as the Red Wolves will face, yes, Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium Sept. 7.

“I’m tickled to death. I know our team is tickled to death,” Malzahn said of Dyer’s return. “We’ll have one of the top running backs in the entire country …  eligible to play next year.”

Dyer had rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of his two seasons with the Tigers, and was a first-team All-SEC performer this past season.  A year after being named the 2010 title game offensive MVP, he was suspended for the Tigers’ bowl game and left the school a month or so later.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”