Christian Workhorse

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

Special Offer from Arkansas Toyota Dealers and HI:

Win free tickets for two to see the Arkansas Razorbacks play football this season at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. 

It is simple. All you need to do is click on the banner, then enter your zipcode to go to the website of your nearest dealer.  After you register to win this great package -- take a look at the Toyota line of vehicles! 

It wasn't quite a week off, but comparatively speaking Little Rock Christian junior star Michael Dyer's Friday night was a little light compared to the previous one.

Dyer (5-10, 205, 4.37), a prime University of Arkansas recruiting target in the 2010 class, rushed 13 times for 189 yards and also turned a catch into an 80-yard touchdown in his team's 42-18 win over North Pulaski.

Contrast that with carrying the ball a whopping 47 times for 309 yards the week before in a 13-7 victory over Morrilton.

"Oh, man I was so tired that I went to the Sonic to get a drink and could hardly stand up," Dyer said. "I knew I had carried the ball a lot, but I had no idea it was 47 times. I was exhausted the next day."

Morrilton head coach Buddy Greeson was obviously impressed as he watched Dyer go over the 4,000-yard mark in his career during the game.

Dyer had 901 yards rushing while playing on the varsity as a ninth-grader, over 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore and has 570 yards in three games so far this season.

"We couldn't tackle Michael Dyer," Greeson said. "If we could take that guy, we'd be all right. He's a great running back."

Dyer, who was the EA Sports National Sophomore the Year in 2007, has added an extra 15 pounds of muscle to his frame since last season and also has improved his bench press from 240 to 310.

He is even more of a marked man this season because of a broken leg suffered in the preseason by senior quarterback Griffin Kuhn.

Kuhn, another Division I prospect, had made the Little Rock Christian passing game a big weapon during last season's 13-1 march to the Class 5A state title game before a loss to Greenwood and current UA back-up quarterback Tyler Wilson.

"It was tough to lose him (Kuhn) and he wants to come back before the season's over, but our new quarterback Jesse Stone really stepped up last week and is doing a great job," Dyer said. "I really feel good about our chances to get back the ‘ship."

Indeed Stone was 14-of-18 passing for 374 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win over North Pulaski with all three TD tosses and 285 of his yards coming before intermission.

Dyer, who took in Arkansas' win over Western Illinois, had carried the ball just 4 times for 45 yards at halftime last week.

"Coach came to me and said I am going to get you some more carries and yards," Dyer said. "I told him it didn't matter. I was happy just with the fact that we were up 28-12 and winning is what is most important to me. But I got a few more carries and got it up to around 190 yards."

The 47 carries was a career-high for Dyer, who best to that point had been 36 totes.

But his best single-game rushing total is still the 389 yards he got last season in a state playoff semifinal win over Vilonia.

"I just try to take it one game at a time, one play at a time, follow my blocking and get what I can," Dyer said. Dyer has noted in the last few months that Arkansas is the clear leader for him.

"Oh, Arkansas is still number one with me for sure," Dyer said. "Nothing's changed about that. Alabama and Florida are the others in my top 3."

Those worried about how Arkansas' rebuilding season might play out with Dyer need not be concerned.

"Look, I know they might not win a lot of games this year because they are having to play a lot of freshmen, their changing the system and are building for the future.

"But I know they will be a lot better next year and even better the following year, which is when I would be coming up there if I go to Arkansas," Dyer said. "I have no doubt they are going to be a great team in the future. I love their coaches and know they are heading in the right direction."

Speaking of heading in the right direction, Dyer is enjoying watching two of his heroes get the job done on Sundays (and Mondays) now in former Razorbacks Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.

"It's been so much fun watching them and seeing them make big plays in the NFL," Dyer said. "It's been amazing some of the plays they are already making on that next level."

That includes Jones' 60-yard dash to the end zone Monday night in Dallas' 27-16 road win over Green Bay.

"Oh, wow, that was something," Dyer said. "The best thing about it is I am a big Dallas Cowboys fan."

Michael Dyer

Hawgs Daily Top Stories