Former Auburn star running back Michael Dyer wants to return to college football. After being dismissed from Auburn, Dyer transferred to Arkansas State, only to be dismissed from the Red Wolves’ program. Dyer then elected to sit out a year and enroll at Arkansas Baptist College.
In an interview with THV 11, Dyer claims he is more mature and grew as a person in his year off, and he’s eager to return to the sport he loves – college football.
“I was asked to sit out a year,” Dyer said on the broadcast. “I was asked to do a lot of changing and maturing to become a better person and a better football player. I spent this whole year doing exactly what I was asked to so that I could reach some of the goals that I knew later that I wanted to do.
“I was 18, I was 19 years old when I was growing up and trying to mature and trying to find ways to get through life and now that I’m 22 and I had a setback and I’ve been through a lot, it makes me mature, it makes me grow, it makes me learn from the things that I did do and know that I shouldn’t have done,” Dyer said. “So now it’s like you got one shot to go back out there and prove to people that you’re on the right track, that you can do this and that you are focused.”
However, despite saying he’s grown as a person and gotten his personal life in order, Dyer has a questionable past. In 2011, he was dismissed from Auburn after providing a gun to teammates who were involved in an armed robbery. After transferring to Arkansas State, Dyer was dismissed from the team after a police officer stopped Dyer and ran a quick search of his vehicle, finding a handgun and a substance that looked like marijuana. The police department contacted Arkansas State and told them of the video and audio that would be released. Dyer was then dismissed from the team.
Dyer was reportedly interested in TCU earlier this month, but he’s singing a different tune, the tune of his home state team – Arkansas.
“If I was given the chance, I would definitely do the best that I can for [Arkansas] and for the coaches and for the fans,” Dyer said. “To be able to play at home, I think any kid would love that dream to come back home and start over and play at home. But I’m just, you know, sitting here, I’m going to play it out and I’m going to let God do the rest for me.”
We all know what Dyer can do on the field, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as a freshman and sophomore, but it’s the off-the-field concerns that could be too much for some coaches to be willing to take a chance.
But it certainly sounds like if Bret Bielema wants to take a chance on the ‘matured’ Dyer, he is his to lose.
Could you imagine Jonathan Williams, Alex Collins and Mike Dyer in the same backfield?
[H/T Dr. Saturday]
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