Back in 2010, Michael Dyer was the offensive MVP for the BCS National Champion Auburn Tigers with a future that was incredibly bright. But off-the-field issues got Dyer booted from the team and looking for a new program to call home. He ended up with the Louisville Cardinals with a ton of baggage and lofty expectations that he has really yet to fulfill. With a new coaching staff in place for 2014, can Dyer return to form as one of college football’s elite rushers?
Last season, Dyer struggled to find a role for himself on the field, falling behind Dominique Brown and Senorise Perry on the depth chart. He finished the year with just 44 rushes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. While Brown returns after leading the team with 825 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, Perry has graduated leaving a void in the running back rotation that Dyer could seize and reclaim his former stature as an NFL draft prospect.
When he is on, Dyer runs with great explosiveness and power. In back-to-back seasons at Auburn, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark as the primary ball-carrier in what was an extremely effective running attack. Bobby Petrino knows how to design an offense to get his most explosive weapons the football, which opens the door even further for Dyer to make a comeback in 2014. Given the opportunity and if he keeps his head on straight, Dyer could be the most talented back in the entire ACC.
The question will be whether or not Dyer is ready to put his maturity issues behind him and take control of that opportunity. There is a clear path laid out for Dyer to regain his former glory and once again be considered among college football’s best offensive players. Will he be able to stay on it and deliver on his massive potential in 2014?