For those of you that have made your wagers on the Louisville Cardinals making a serious run toward the national championship in 2013, your chances of success just got better.
After about a week of heavy speculation, it’s been officially announced that former Auburn Tigers star running back Michael Dyer will attend Louisville and is immediately eligible to play this season.
It’s been a long road back to BCS football for the former MVP of the National Championship Game. Dyer was a stud back for the Tigers in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, rushing for over 1,000 yards in each of those. He was an integral part of that 2010 title-winning squad and seemed poised to be on his way to a record-breaking career in the college ranks.
Dyer was suspended from Auburn in December of 2011 after failing a drug test. He transferred to Arkansas State to be with former offensive coordinator, and now Auburn head coach, Gus Malzahn. However he was dismissed by Malzahn after a traffic stop.
School-wise, Dyer recently spent time at Arkansas Baptist College where officials have pegged him as someone that has matured enough to grasp another opportunity at college football fame.
Louisville is the perfect place for Dyer to get back on track with not only football, but life as well.
From a football perspective, the former Auburn star can contribute on this team immediately. This is also a relief for Heisman-hopeful QB Teddy Bridgewater. The Cardinals QB just this past week spoke to ESPN about how Dyer would be welcomed into the program with open arms, and now he’ll get the chance to do exactly that.
What’s more important is the man now in charge of watching over Dyer, head coach Charlie Strong. Strong is the perfect coach to watch over the back as he transitions back into the spotlight. The discipline that the coach has instilled in his program should do wonders for the young man as he continues his growth not only as a football player, but a man as well.
Jack is a College Football Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS