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Welcome back, Michael Dyer

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Louisville running back Michael Dyer has been on quite a journey since he entered college.

The highly-touted recruit out of Arkansas signed with Auburn and ended up being an instrumental cog in the Tigers’ national title run in 2010. He rushed for 1,093 yards as a freshman and was the Offensive Player of the Game in Auburn’s 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS title game.  He ran for 143 yards on 22 carries against the Ducks, though he was mostly-remembered for this play:

After compiling another 1,000-yard season as a sophomore, Dyer was suspended for a violation of team rules and he hightailed it to Arkansas State. He wasn’t long for Jonesboro, either, as trouble with the law caused him to head to Arkansas Baptist College. He didn’t play football there, but finished up his Associate’s Degree before announcing that he would be attending Louisville for his final two seasons of college eligibility.

And now, it seems his career is back on track as he took his second carry as a Cardinal 46 yards for a touchdown against Ohio on Saturday.

It took four colleges and a whole lot of drama, but it appears Dyer has finally found a home.

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9 Responses to “Welcome back, Michael Dyer”
  1. floridacock says: Sep 1, 2013 5:54 PM

    Looeyville is going to have to win all it’s games by 50 to get any respect. Terrible schedule

  2. theboondoggles says: Sep 1, 2013 6:25 PM

    Here’s hoping Auburn can serve as the Philadelphia to Dyer’s Cris Carter. We get too many stories of players screwing up and either falling into the abyss or dropping down a level and continuing to screw up until they end up in the NFL/CFL/UFL.

    Dyer tried to just continue his bad habits elsewhere and nearly lost it all. He seems to have learned his lesson and seems to have rehabilitated himself, so I genuinely hope he finds success and is able to parlay that into a normal and productive life.

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    They are fun to watch, too.

    I hope the Cards do well. They seem talented enough.

    I can root for them and aggravate the local WildCat fans. 😉

  4. williamblakehau says: Sep 1, 2013 6:55 PM

    I’m an Auburn Alum and Dyer should could have had a Heisman journey when he broke Bo Jackson’s Freshman year record and was the MVP offensive player in the BCS Title, but he hung around the wrong crowd and it cost him dearly at both schools……I wish him well and hope he keeps his head straight at Louisville, he’ll be like playing in HS again with the schedule Louisville has, he was a beast in the SEC, imagine him in the league he’s in now. Just keep feeding him the ball and he’ll surprise you will alot of TD’s.

  5. rsmeans says: Sep 1, 2013 6:58 PM

    Dyer was always a well liked kid at Auburn by both his former players and fans. It was very sad that he became addicted to drugs. It is very refreshing that he seems to have broken the habit. Best of luck to him and his new team. Hope they win every game.

  6. hardballtalkusername says: Sep 2, 2013 3:51 AM

    Always will be remembered for that play. The Auburn/Oregon, Miami/Ohio State and the USC/Texas games are by far the most memorable BCS Championship games. In this particular game, I remember Auburn shutting down Oregon in the red zone multiple times as the biggest contributing factor to their win. Great game though by two great teams that year and perhaps the Ducks redeem themselves this season. Just excited to see college football again!

  7. seanb20124 says: Sep 2, 2013 7:07 AM

    Charlie Stong’s final season

  8. patbocam says: Sep 2, 2013 11:04 PM

    As an auburn fan I will always remember dyer for his bowling ball, Bow legged running style. As a true freshman he played along cam newton and and together they rushed for over 2,500 yards and like 30 td’s. I was crushed to here of his involvement with the 4 former auburn players who committed arm robbery, it was his gun used. Then to hear about his instant use of synthetic pot. I was however glad that auburn finally sent a message to the guy and to others by kicking him off the team. I was happy for him when he landed at Arky st but then yup more drugs. I’ll always pull for him and thank him for his help in winning auburns 2nd national championship. Hope he stays out of trouble and wrecks shop in the AAC. Weak schedule or not they might have the best QB/RB combo in college football. Dyer & bridgwater!!!! Wow, a fans dream….

  9. gyndocfromlr says: Sep 5, 2013 7:20 AM

    I have known Michael since he was in 3rd grade. He grew up without a father and his mother was emotionally absent from drug abuse. He was “taken in” by a group of parents from a local christian school and raised by a “village”. His life has been greatly benefited by many, but, in his early years he was essentially an orphan without a home. I can testify that what he has overcome is nothing less than storybook material. I admire this young man despite his mistakes. He will overcome because many have cared and prayed for him. I truly believe he will succeed and a book will be written on his life someday that will honor God and those who sacrificially invested in his life over a lifetime.

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