Auburn Granting Dyer A Release to Transfer

Suspended tailback Michael Dyer will not be returning to play any more football for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Tailback Michael Dyer, who was suspended from the Auburn football team "indefinitely" prior to the bowl game vs. Virginia, will not be returning to play for the Tigers and has been granted a release from his Auburn scholarship.

Dyer, an All-SEC tailback in 2011, was suspended from the squad following the regular season and was sent home to Little Rock, Ark., after fall semester final exams were finished while his teammates stayed on campus to begin preparations to play Virginia. The Tigers defeated UVA on New Year's Eve in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to finish the season with an 8-5 record.

Auburn football team sources told Inside the Auburn Tigers that Dyer is being granted a release and will not play any more football for the Tigers. The release is believed to be a limited, which restricts the Division I colleges he can transfer to.

It is not known what college he will attend next. Rumors in the state of Arkansas in December were that he was headed for Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, however, there is no indication yet that he has tried to enroll in that college. Former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who coached Dyer his two seasons at AU and helped recruit the tailback out of Little Rock Christian Academy, is the new head coach at Arkansas State.

If Dyer transfers to another Division I level program he would be required to sit out the 2012 season as a redshirt. He could transfer to a Football Championship Series (formerly Division I-AA) program or a lower division and not have to go through a transfer redshirt season.

Dyer was Auburn's leading rusher in 2011 with 1,241 yards and 10 touchdowns at 5.1 yards per rush.

As an All-SEC Freshman the running back from Little Rock, Ark., rushed for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns during the 2010 season. He was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player in the BCS Championship Game.

When Coach Gene Chizik suspended Dyer from the team, he said the door was open for the sophomore to return, but only if he was willing to conform to team rules. Chizik would not give specifics on why the tailback was suspended.


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