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Michael Dyer | Running Back

Team: Louisville Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 213

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Dyer (5'9/218) entered college as a five-star recruit and emerged as a starter for national-champion Auburn as a true freshman. His career spiraled oddly and wildly from there, bouncing around several colleges before finally landing at Louisville, where Dyer managed a 110-481-5 rushing line as a senior, splitting carries with Brandon Radcliff and Dominique Brown. Dyer had a pedestrian Combine, running 4.58 with a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Turning 25 in October, Dyer is an overaged, mercurial prospect who looked ordinary in 2014. His commitment to and passion for the game are obvious question marks. May 12 - 1:22 AM

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Louisville HC Bobby Petrino barred RB Michael Dyer from working out at the school's pro day due to the player's academic suspension in the Belk Bowl against Georgia.

"This has left a bad taste with a lot of people, who feel Petrino is turning his back on the ball-carrier," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline commented. "Instead of participating at Louisville's pro day, Dyer will hold his own workout afterward at duPont Manual High School, a mile from the Cardinals' Stadium." Whether Petrino is right or wrong -- and most are predisposed to believe he is wrong, regardless of the situation -- the bigger issue here is another off-field concern for Dyer. The running back, you'll recall, left Auburn after two 1,000-yard rushing seasons due to numerous off-field problems. He transferred to Arkansas State after the 2011 season and was dismissed by the Gus Malzahn-led staff, eventually spending 2012 at Arkansas Baptist College before landing at Louisville. He's a fringe Day 3 pick.
Mar 11 - 7:25 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer received an invite to the combine.

"Interviews and background check will be critical," noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. Dyer left Auburn after two 1,000-yard rushing seasons after running into numerous off-field problems. He transferred to Arkansas State after the 2011 season and was dismissed by the Gus Malzahn-led staff, eventually spending 2012 at Arkansas Baptist College before landing at Louisville. If the NFL detectives clear him, Dyer should be a Day 3 pick.
Jan 9 - 2:46 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer has been ruled ineligible for the school's bowl game against Georgia due to academics.

Dyer missed multiple games due to a thigh injury and still looked hobbled once returning, but he produced 481 yards and five touchdowns this season. Dyer started his career off with a blazing start at Auburn, however, he is likely a third day prospect this spring.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 09:44:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted that Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer is "showing what made him one of the top high school recruits in the country."

Dyer busted out for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in last Thursday's loss to Florida State. Of the Auburn transfer, Brugler wrote, "Dyer had been an afterthought for most college football fans, but scouts and draft evaluators have kept a cautious eye on the talented back." The 5-foot-9, 214-pound back was dealing with injury concerns earlier in the season, but he's started to pour it on in his last two contests, with 173 yards against North Carolina in mid-October and the big effort against Florida State. Brugler finished by saying that Dyer's draft status was "a little complicated," but that "there's no question his talent will be attractive to next level teams."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries in the school's 42-31 loss to FSU.

Dyer posted a ton of production early in this game, displaying the similar ability to when he played for Auburn. The running back's college career has been a winding road, starting for Auburn as a freshman then transferring to Arkansas State, then finding himself out of FBS football before transferring to Louisville. Head coach Charlie Strong is no longer with the school, but Dyer is still emerging as Louisville's top rushing threat.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:26:00 AM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer went off for 173 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Saturday's triumph over North Carolina State.

To put this performance in perspective, Dyer entered the day with 65 rushing yards and zero touchdowns on 26 carries. All season. Of course, Dyer's health has been an issue throughout, costing him a few games at the start of the season. "He was powerful, decisive and elusive, all the things he usually is when he's fully healthy," the Louisville Courier-Journal wrote of the performance. The talent has always been apparent: Dyer rushed for 1,242-yards as a sophomore at Auburn in 2011.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 07:31:00 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer "was never anything more than late round material on a good day," believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"After Michael Dyer rushed for 1,242-yards as a sophomore during the 2011 campaign, which came on the heels of his record setting 1,093-yard freshman season, many pegged him as a first rounder. I never bought into that opinion," Pauline wrote. Dyer hasn't done much since he was dismissed by Auburn and signed with Louisville. This season, he's rushed for only 65 yards on 26 carries (2.5 YPC). "Dyer was a wait for the hole to open ball carrier with average physical skills and was never anything more than late round material on a good day," Pauline wrote.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer has practiced all week and has a chance to play against FIU.

This is the first time Dyer has practiced for a full week since suffering a thigh bruise in during an August 16 scrimmage. Despite coaches saying the running back was expected to return last week against Virginia, Dyer has not received a carry all season. He will likely be slotted behind Dominique Brown.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer is expected to return from a quad injury against Virginia.

The quad injury was only a contusion but it forced the running back to stay on the sideline for the first two games of 2014. In those two games, fellow senior Dominique Brown received 38 carries and averaged 4.8 yards per, while Freshman L.J. Scott took 14 and averaged 9.1 yards per run. Dyer's role has not been determined, or at least it has not been disclosed.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer (quadriceps) is considered questionable for the season opener on Sept. 1 against Miami.

"He still has some swelling in there," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said Monday. It was assumed that Dyer would progress quickly enough that he wouldn't have to miss any game time, but Petrino said the running back has not healed as expected. Dyer (5-foot-9, 214 pounds) missed practice every day last week. True freshman L.J. Scott (6-foot, 228 pounds) will back up senior starter Dominique Brown if Dyer can't go on Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 09:32:00 PM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said "I hope so" when asked if senior RB Michael Dyer (quadriceps) will be ready for the opener.

The Cardinals open the season on Sept. 1 against Miami. Petrino continues to consider Dyer "day-to-day." With star receiver DeVante Parker also potentially on the shelf with a foot injury, a Louisville offense trying to replace Teddy Bridgewater is suddenly looking a little shaky. Dyer ranked 20th in the nation as a sophomore with 1,242 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 as a member of Auburn. The Cardinals' amazing backfield depth is illustrated by the fact that Dyer is Dominique Brown's backup.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer is considered day-to-day with a thigh contusion.

The injury occurred during the team's scrimmage. Head coach Booby Petrino was hopeful that Dyer would be able to play in the school's season opener against Miami. Currently the former Auburn runner is Dominique Brown's backup.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer could "potentially draw NFL interest with his undeniable natural talent," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Dyer ranked 20th in the nation as a sophomore with 1,242 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 as a member of Auburn. Since transferring to Louisville, he's had to share carries with a talented group of backs. This fall, he and Dominique Brown will form one of the nation's best 1-2 punches. A sports hernia led to season-ending surgery last December. "Prior to surgery, Dyer had 44 carries for 223 yards (5.1 avg) and two TDs, and if he can rebound from the injury, could once again be a nice change-up to Brown and potentially draw NFL interest with his undeniable natural talent," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Louisville coach Charlie Strong said Monday that the team will have a zero-tolerance policy towards junior RB Michael Dyer.

According to Strong, Dyer will sign a behavioral contract. The coach is smartly taking no chances with Dyer, who has a history of malfeasance. Interestingly, Strong consulted with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn before accepting Dyer. Malzahn, who coached Dyer both as Auburn's offensive coordinator and Arkansas State's head coach, recommended Dyer to Strong. Dyer left Auburn after two 1,000-yard rushing seasons after he ran into numerous off-field problems. He transferred to ASU after the 2011 season and was dismissed by the Malzahn-led staff, eventually spending 2012 at Arkansas Baptist College. Draftniks and college fantasy football players alike will want to closely monitor Dyer's situation this month. He has NFL-caliber skills.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 02:38:00 PM