An abbreviated list of areas in which running back Michael Dyer excels:
1. Running down a football field while holding a football and not getting caught. Dyer was Auburn’s leading rusher in 2011, averaging more than 100 yards per game all by his lonesome, and ranked No. 20 nationally in ground yardage.
2. Drawing disciplinary action from football coaches. Suspended for (sing along if you know the words) The Ever-Popular And Mysterious Violation Of Team Rules before Auburn’s Chick-fil-A Bowl game, Dyer transferred to Arkansas State, now the fiefdom of his old coordinator, Gus Malzahn. Denied an NCAA waiver to play this season, Dyer pledged to stick it out with the Red Wolves rather than opting for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Less than two weeks later, however, Dyer is adrift again after a violation of team rules that’s a little more concrete:
According to a Jonesboro Sun report written by Matt Roberson (subscription required), the dismissal is likely related to a March traffic stop in White County. Dyer was pulled over by an Arkansas State Trooper who found marijuana and a gun in his vehicle. [...] It is unclear who was in possession of the gun and marijuana, per the newspaper’s report. Trooper Royce Denney issued Dyer a speeding ticket and no charges were filed stemming from the discovery of the handgun or drugs. Per The Sun Denney is currently under investigation for his handling of the stop.
Please join us in regretting that Terry Bowden no longer reigns at nearby North Alabama, which would solve this problem to everyone’s satisfaction.