Dyer Determined To Finish Strong

Auburn running back Michael Dyer discusses the loss to Georgia and the play of the offense.

Auburn, Ala.—While Auburn's offense has struggled with consistency in 2011 one of the bright spots has been the running of sophomore back Michael Dyer. Going over the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season on Saturday he now has 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

Unfortunately Dyer wasn't able to do much to help the Tigers against Georgia as the offense struggled to get anything going after the first scoring drive. For the game Dyer carried the ball 13 times for 48 yards as Auburn finished with just 51 yards on the ground overall.

"It was very frustrating," Dyer said. "We all thought we were prepared for the game and mentally focused and physically ready for the game. We had two weeks off. First quarter, first drive down there, we had a good drive, and after that it kind of went downhill. We made a couple of bad mistakes, and it just haunted us in the end."

Early on in the game Auburn took to the air, calling just three running plays in the first quarter. Part of that was because of what the Georgia defense was doing and Dyer said it was also to try to open up the running game.

"I think we were just going out there to try to open up the run by passing, try to open up the game," Dyer said. "They just had a good defense. They played us very well, and they played better than we did."

As an offense the Tigers seemed to fall flat following a fumble near midfield in the second quarter. Trailing just 14-7, Auburn recovered a fumble from Georgia and appeared to be right in the thick of things, but a fumble gave the ball right back to the Bulldogs. They went on to score and pull away for the easy victory.

"It's always hard when you don't get in a rhythm in the first quarter and then you have to go out there and try to get in a rhythm in the second quarter," Chizik said. "For a running back, it makes it a lot harder, but you just have to tough it out and make things happen."

Now sitting at 6-4 overall with two games remaining in the regular season Dyer said this team is focused on putting the work on to be successful. With pride and a better bowl game on the line beginning this weekend against Samford and culminating in the Iron Bowl in two weeks he said it's all about effort.

""Just trying to get back on track and try to finish it out strong," Dyer said of the goal this week. "Really, just trying to give Auburn what they deserve and play hard these last two games and see what happens."


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