Michael Dyer: Former Auburn Star Commits to Prairie View A&M

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks 16-13 at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Former Auburn star Michael Dyer has decided to take his talents to Prairie View A&M for the 2012 season.

UPDATE: Tuesday, August 14 at 3:35 p.m. ET

Perhaps Dyer decided to join the Prairie View A&M Panthers, but head coach Heishma Northern certainly did not consent to this. 

According to Joel A. Erickson of AL.com, this is the first the coach has heard of the former BCS Championship MVP coming to his program.

"I have not contacted Mike Dyer. None of my assistant coaches have, to my knowledge," Northern said.

"I haven't talked to any coaches from Auburn, I haven't talked to any coaches from Arkansas State, I haven't talked to his high school coaches. And I haven't talked him."

The coach went on to point out that since Dyer had transferred to Arkansas State already and dropped from the FBS down to the FCS, a waiver would be necessary for him to be automatically eligible for the Panthers upcoming season.

We'll keep you updated right here with the latest news, information and updates about the Dyer situation.

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Dyer made the announcement via his Twitter feed late Monday night. 

Headed to the SWAC to play for Prairie View A&M this season! twitpic.com/aj5hkx

— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer5) August 14, 2012

The junior running back was infamously suspended indefinitely from the Tigers following the 2011 season for violating undisclosed team rules.

Dyer was then slated to become a member of the Arkansas State Red Wolves, but was dismissed in late July following an incident that involved speeding, drugs and a weapon possession back in March. Coach Gus Malzahn initially attempted to keep the star RB on the roster, but eventually had no choice other than to cut him after viewing footage of the traffic stop.

It seems the talented but troubled young man will get a third chance to play collegiate football with the PVAMU Panthers.

That is a far cry from the grand stage of the national championship, where Dyer won the offensive MVP award in 2011. The star ran for 143 yards on 22 carries in Auburn’s win over the Oregon Ducks.

The 5’9”, 210-pound back still has a chance to make the NFL, but he’s got a long and arduous road ahead.

He must first prove he still has the elite skills that made him such a special player at Auburn. Then Dyer has to show scouts and GMs he is mature enough to stop making poor decisions on the wrong side of the law.

Should he be able to dominate at Prairie View A&M and stay out of trouble, he could have a fruitful pro career ahead of him. If he winds up with more off-the-field problems, it’s doubtful that Dyer will get another serious chance to play organized football.