The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Sports

July 2, 2013

Former Auburn, Ark. State RB Dyer seeks new chance

— LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Auburn and Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer says he would prefer to play college football rather than enter the NFL supplemental draft.

After drug- and weapon-related run-ins, the former Little Rock Christian star told ESPN.com in an interview Monday he needs to right some wrongs and believes the college stage is the best place to do it.

"I want a chance to show people my character is better than it was in the past," Dyer said. "I want to clear my name. I understand the reasons I am in this situation. I placed myself here. I take responsibility."

Dyer, 22, was the offensive MVP of the national championship game won by Auburn following the 2010 season. He transferred to Arkansas State to follow Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn but was suspended after being caught with a gun during a traffic stop before ever playing a down.

He has since obtained a two-year degree from Arkansas Baptist. He has two years of college eligibility remaining.

Dyer, who did not return calls from The Associated Press, said he would like to select a new school by the end of next week. An uncle said there have been some nibbles from Illinois State, Troy and Western Kentucky, which is now coached by former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.

"I think God is going to allow me to get my life back to where it's supposed to be," Dyer said. "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."

1
Text Only
Sports
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee