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Dyer: "I'd go walk on at Arkansas"

By Logan Wilson

This article was published July 7, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.


FILE - In this April 14, 2012, file photo, Arkansas State's Michael Dyer runs onto the field for the start of their spring NCAA college football game in Jonesboro, Ark. Dyer has been dismissed from the Arkansas State squad for violating team rules, according to an announcement by coach Gus Malzahn on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Dyer transferred to Arkansas State in January after he was suspended indefinitely by Auburn coach Gene Chizik for violating unspecified team rules before the Chick-fil-A Bowl. (AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun, Saundra Sovick, File)

Would you allow Michael Dyer to walk on at Arkansas?

  • Yes 63% 1113 votes
  • No 36% 641 votes

1754 total votes.

— Former Auburn and Arkansas State running back told USA Today Sports he would walk on for the Arkansas football team, given the opportunity.

"If Arkansas said I could walk on, I'd go walk on at Arkansas," Dyer told the USA Today.

Dyer received a conditional release from Auburn and was kicked off the Arkansas State football team within eight months in 2012. He told the USA Today he smoked marijuana and "spice" or synthetic marijuana while at Auburn and failed a drug test that led to his suspension from the Chick-Fil-A Bowl during his sophomore season.

While at Arkansas State, he was ticketed for driving 96 mph in a 70 mph zone and the state trooper confiscated a handgun. He also had a handgun associated with a robbery for which four Auburn teammates were charged in 2011.

Dyer, the 2011 BCS National Championship MVP, attended Arkansas Baptist College after his dismissal from Arkansas State and received an associate's degree, giving him immediate eligibility at the next college he attends. He has two years of football eligibility remaining.

The USA Today's George Schroeder said that an anonymous source "familiar with Arkansas' thinking" told USA Today Sports "while not completely shutting the door, the school is not initially receptive to the idea."

Former Arkansas assistant coach and current Arkansas Baptist College president Fitz Hill told the USA Today it would be a "low-risk, high-reward opportunity."

"Here's a person who has owned up to his past and made some strides to develop as a whole person," Hill said of Dyer. "If after visiting with him, you don't think he's capable of living up to it, say 'No.' But don't let the media be your jury.

"Given the right environment, I think Michael is going to flourish."


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