It appears the Michael Dyer wild-goose chase is over … at least for now. Joe Schad reported Wednesday afternoon that the former Arkansas State running back will transfer to a university near his hometown of Little Rock, Ark., and focus on his studies.
“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.”
The report comes days after a fake Twitter handle under Dyer’s name claimed the tailback was transferring to play football at Praire View A&M.
“There have been growing pains and bad decisions,” Andre Dyer said. “So much attention and so many influences from so many directions. I just want him to be the young man he was when he left Little Rock.”
This may be the stepping stone that the running back has needed since his days playing for the Auburn Tigers. After being named the offensive MVP of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, Dyer’s off-the-field issues became a problem.
Despite rushing for 1,242 in 2011, a year after breaking Bo Jackson‘s record for most rushing yards by an Auburn freshman, Dyer decided to transfer followed former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State after being indefinitely suspended before the Tigers’ appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Virgina.
Over the summer, Dyer was also dismissed from the Red Wolves after a gun and marijuana was found in his car during a traffic stop for speeding.