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Draft Scout Michael Dyer News
08/28/12 - Former Auburn and Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer will attend Arkansas Baptist College this year, NBCSports.com reported based on a radio interview with the school's president. Arkansas Baptist president Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, a former head football coach at San Jose State, said in a radio interview on Sunday that Dyer will attend Arkansas Baptist and "work towards an associate's degree." Dyer will not play football for Arkansas Baptist this season, though. Dyer will be eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, so it's unlikely he will play anymore college football anywhere. Dyer rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons at Auburn, but was suspended from the team and transferred to Arkansas State. Dyer was dismissed from Arkansas State following a traffic stop in which a gun and marijuana were found in the car. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/12 - It's been (ahem) quite the year for Michael Dyer. But at least it seems to be settling down, with the former five-star running back and BCS championship game MVP having reportedly made his choice of college for this year--even if it's come too late for him to see a football field in 2012. Dr. Fitzgerald Hill, president of Little Rock's Arkansas Baptist College, told a local radio station that Dyer would be enrolling at the small historically-black college for the 2012-2013 academic year, per local TV station Fox 16. Other outlets have reported the same. Hill said that Dyer would be working towards an associate's degree but will not suit up for the college's JUCO-level football team. If Dyer can earn the degree and remain out of off-field hot water, he could conceivably be eligible to return to NCAA football in the fall of 2013 with two years of eligiblity remaining--though of course he may prefer to test the NFL Draft waters instead. If Dyer does follow through with his plan to take classes at ABC, it would be a quiet, under-the-radar end to a personal year for which "tumultuous" is a giant understatement. If this doesn't seem shocking after the past several months (and it doesn't), it's worth remembering who Dyer was at this time last year: the reigning BCS championship game MVP, new owner of the Auburn freshman rushing record, dark horse Heisman candidate, future first-team All-SEC tailback, and a no-brainer pro prospect. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
08/22/12 - A former Arkansas state trooper who was fired after a traffic stop involving Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer will not try to get his job back. State police said Tuesday that Royce Denney has notified the agency he wouldn't appeal his termination. Denney stopped Dyer on March 10 and video of the stop revealed he kept a pistol and dumped suspected marijuana before writing Dyer a speeding ticket. Police said Denney used poor judgment and didn't follow the law. Dyer was a star tailback for Auburn and was part of a national title team in 2011. He transferred to ASU after Auburn suspended him indefinitely after last season and has since been dismissed from the Red Wolves. - AP Sports
08/15/12 - Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer is planning to enroll in university classes but not play football this season, looking ahead to a return to the field in 2013, his uncle, Andre Dyer, said Wednesday. Dyer topped 1,000 yards rushing as a freshman and sophomore and transferred to Arkansas State for this season but was recently dismissed for violating team rules. "Michael wants to play college football again and is really not focused on the next NFL draft," Andre Dyer said. "We want to get Michael's head in the right place, work on building character and addressing issues before turning back to look at any interest from major schools." - Joe Schad, ESPN.com
08/14/12 - While we wait for another high-profile SEC refugee to make his next move, it looks like another has already made up his mind, for the second time: Headed to the SWAC to play for Prairie View A&M this season! That would be former Auburn tailback Michael Dyer, fresh from his dismissal from Arkansas State, announcing his plans to enroll at Prairie View A&M this fall. (Not pictured: A pair of retro Nike sneakers with a PVAMU logo that Dyer passed along with his tweet.) If the transfer comes off, he'll be immediately eligible to play for the Panthers this fall. On the extremely remote chance he hasn't left school for a pro career by then, he'll also have a final year of eligibility remaining in 2013. Prairie View A&M is an historically black university in Prairie View, Texas, a little north of Houston, known to football fans mainly for an incredible nine-year, 80-game losing streak from 1989-98, easily the most futile run by a single program in NCAA history. (In 1991, the year after Dyer was born, the Panthers scored 48 points all season while allowing an average of 56 points per game.) More recently, Prairie View delivered four consecutive winning seasons from 2007-10 under head coach Henry Frazier III, including a long-awaited SWAC championship in 2009. But it still hasn't had a player drafted by the NFL since the Dallas Cowboys took defensive end Matthew Teague in the tenth round in 1980. If he stays healthy and out of trouble, Dyer's combination of size (215 pounds on a sturdy, 5-foot-9 frame) and proven production in the SEC is almost guaranteed to change that. With 1,242 yards on a little over 20 carries per game, Dyer was the only Auburn player on either side of the ball voted first-team All-SEC in 2011, one year after he broke Bo Jackson's freshman rushing record during the Tigers' run to conference and national titles. - Matt Hinton, CBSSports.com