NCAA makes RB Michael Dyer wait a year before playing at Arkansas State

Graham Watson

Six months after Michael Dyer was officially released from Auburn and ultimately transferred to Arkansas State to be with former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, the NCAA denied Dyer's request to play immediately.

Dyer was not granted a hardship waiver and will have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules. He'll be eligible to play in 2013.

This isn't a huge surprise. Dyer didn't transfer because of some hardship — though the move did allow him to be closer to his hometown of Little Rock — he transferred because he had nowhere else to go.

Dyer was suspended for last year's Chick-Fil-A Bowl after a violation of team rules. After that suspension, things just weren't the same between Dyer and coach Gene Chizik and the two parties decided to part ways.

Since then, Dyer was involved in a robbery trial where the gun used was traced back to him and he was called to testify about his involvement. The trial revolved around former wide receiver Antonio Goodwin, who was implicated in the robbery.

Even with the baggage, Dyer is one of the best running back in college football. He's rushed for 2,335 yards in just two seasons and ranked 10th on Auburn's all-time rushing list. However, there's no telling whether he'll actually stick around to take a snap with the Red Wolves. Even though he'll have two years of eligibility remaining — he still has a redshirt year — he'll have completed three collegiate seasons after 2012 and will be eligible for the NFL Draft. It would surprise no one if Dyer opted for that route, especially if Malzahn is courted to be the head coach at Arkansas.

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