LITTLE ROCK, AR - It’s official, Michael Dyer is now a Red Wolf. The former Little Rock Christian star and Auburn leading rusher faxed A-State his transfer papers Monday evening.
The Dyer family, who previously denied rumors that he was transferring
, told Fox 16 that Michael is thrilled to be reunited with Gus Malzahn and excited to be back home.
The family says the reason for the transfer is an illness in the family. Dyer is expected to petition the NCAA for a hardship exemption. If granted, Dyer will not have to sit out a year and instead will be immediately eligible.
Dyer was the first Auburn tailback to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but coach Gene Chizik suspended him indefinitely before the Chick-fil-A Bowl for violating unspecified team rules.
Dyer was the offensive MVP of the national championship game as a freshman last season and was named to the Southeastern Conference Coaches' All-Freshman Team. He set the Auburn freshman rushing record with 1,093 yards, breaking the mark of 829 yards that was set by Bo Jackson in 1982.
He ran for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Before helping the Tigers to the national title, Dyer was one of the most highly recruited running backs in the country out of high school. He finished his high school career at Little Rock (Ark.) Christian with 8,097 career yards rushing and 84 touchdowns, including 2,502 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior.Information from the Associated Press was used in this report