The Next D-Mac?

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Little Rock Christian tailback Michael Dyer, one of the state's top sophomores. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner for details.

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The next D-Mac?

If I was going to throw that star power label on an underclassman right now, it would probably have to be Little Rock Christian sophomore running back Michael Dyer.

While Dyer (5-10, 190, 4.4) certainly is not as all as Razorback star Darren McFadden (6-2, 205, 4.3), there are certainly other similarities.

Speed, strength, field vision and production are a few that come to mind.

"D-Mac is my man," Dyer said. "I love D-Mac. He is tall and so physical. It is hard for any one person to bring him down. That's my goal as well is to not let one person bring me down."

Dyer, who has rushed for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns this season despite not playing man full games, was on an unofficial visit to Arkansas' game with Auburn on Saturday.

He has had several banner Friday nights this fall for the unbeaten Warriors (8-0, 4-0).

That includes last Friday when Dyer rushed 27 times for 173 yards and 5 touchdowns in a wild 55-49 win over visiting Siloam Springs in a 5A-West match-up.

"I'm pretty fast and I have a good line that opens up big holes for me," Dyer said. "Once I get in there I have good vision and good cut-back ability."

The two teams combined for a whopping 1,031 yards total offense – 632 of those yards coming in the first half – and 15 touchdowns in the game.

"Our offense has played well has played well the entire season and our defense has come up with big stops with the game on the line," Dyer said. "More than anything we have played as a team.

"We came together at a team camp and since then have gone out and played hard every game."

The LRC-Siloam contest is just one of many wild shootouts this season for Little Rock Christian – which also features a top junior in quarterback Griffin Kuhn and senior wideout Tyler Weddle.

Kuhn (6-3, 180), who is averaging over 200 yards passing per game this season, was 16-of-23 passing for 219 yards in the win with two rushing touchdowns.

Weddle caught 8 passes for 121 yards, returned a punt 74 yards for a score and set up another touchdown with a 49-yard return.

Weddle had 8 catches for 267 yards and 4 touchdowns a week before in a win at Harrison while Dyer rushed for 262 yards against CAC earlier in the season.

"Having all the other weapons is great for me," Dyer said. "Griffin Kuhn can both run and throw, Tyler Weddle is a great receiver and we just have so many ways to come at you."

Little Rock Chrisitian has a home game with Greenbrier this weekend before it hosts Greenwood (6-1, 4-0) in a showdown the following week.

"One game at a time," Dyer said.

Siloam Springs (5-2, 3-1), which has its own big-time trio in wideout Roger Jackson, quarterback Nathan Nall and running back Tyler Ivey, is at Greenwood this Friday.

The only bad news for Razorbacks fans when it comes to Dyer is that while McFadden is his favorite player, the Razorbacks are not number one on his list right now.

That would be LSU, where he attended camp this summer, who has the edge over Arkansas and Alabama right now.

"Yes, LSU is my top school," Dyer said. "They showed a highlight film when I was down there and I just fell in love with the place. That campus is pretty sweet. Their coaches are awesome, too." He plans to attend camp again there next summer.

"That was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it," Dyer said. "I ran a great time in the 40, but I think they may have given me a little help."

There's obviously still time for Arkansas to work on keeping him in-state.

"I really like Arkansas as well, their coaches, their stadium and all that," Dyer said. "They are definitely high on my list as is Alabama. I have a long time before I need to make a decision."

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