Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer appears to be ready to make a comeback at Louisville.
According to USA Today, Dyer will report to the Cardinals for practice next week after accepting a scholarship offer. He has not played football since he left Auburn after the 2011 season.
The newspaper spoke with Fitz Hill, the president at Arkansas Baptist College and former San Jose State coach who served as a mentor to Dyer during the past year.
Dyer was suspended at Auburn in December 2011 for failing drug tests after rushing for more in 1,000 yards in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons. He enrolled at Arkansas State in Jaunary 2012 but was dismissed before fall practice after a handgun was found in his car when he was stopped for speeding by a state trooper.
"He's excited to have an opportunity to resume his career," Hill told USA Today. "Many people doubted that Michael would ever make this comeback, and it's here."
Dyer, the offensive MVP of the 2011 BCS Championship game, would join a Louisville backfield that features quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
"Based on what he has done at Arkansas Baptist College, I don't have one negative," Hill said. "I can't talk about Auburn or Arkansas State, but I can talk about Arkansas Baptist College. It's been all positive."
According to NCAA rules, Louisville officials cannot comment until Dyer officially signs with the school.
Hill said TCU and Louisville were interested in signing Dyer but apparently hesitated after the Aaron Hernandez murder charges. Dyer also considered walking on at Arkansas in his home state and said Troy, Western Kentucky and Marshall had contacted him.
"I'm not bringing anything but my clothes and myself," Dyer told USA Today. "My next opportunity, I'm just gonna go play football, go to class, be respectful and do all the things I'm supposed to do. That's it for me."