Oh look, Michael Dyer is making offseason headlines again
Former Auburn and Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer—also the 2011 BCS National Championship MVP—told ESPN on Monday that he is a changed man and has put his past behind him.
"I want a chance to show people my character is better than it was in the past," Dyer told Joe Schad. "I want to clear my name. I understand the reasons I am in this situation. I placed myself here. I take responsibility."
Dyer was kicked off the Auburn football team right before the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl, following a suspension for possession of marijuana. He never played a down for Arkansas State after he was pulled over for speeding with both a gun and marijuana in his car.
In between his transition to join the Red Wolves, rumor had it that Dyer was headed to Division II Pittsburg State—which obviously was put to rest not too long after.
Since then, Dyer has laid low. He's earned his two-year degree at Arkansas Baptist, spending the last six months focusing on his studies and reflecting on his life and the person he wants to be. Dyer didn't like who he was, and claims he's a changed man.
"It gave me one of those highs where it blocked the world out for a little bit," Dyer said. "It kept my mind off things. But I've gone six months without it. I have let go of the urges. I have done it with the help of my family."
While taking classes at Arkansas Baptist and staying off the gridiron, Dyer says that both Louisville and TCU have kept in contact with him, but neither were gracious enough to offer a roster spot.
Dyer's uncle told ESPN that Western Kentucky, Troy and FCS Illinois State are interested in bringing the former five-star tailback, and a decision could be made within the next 10 days.
"I think God is going to allow me to get my life back to where it's supposed to be," Dyer said. "I think I'm going to play ball again. I think I'm going to be everything I was supposed to be. I don't want to be a person who ends up as a nothing. My heart and my dreams are still alive. They're still there."
Life is all about second, third and even fourth chances, right? If Tyrann Mathieu deserves an opportunity to be drafted in the third round of the NFL draft, then Dyer deserves another shot at collegiate ball.
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