Auburn Football: Where Does Michael Dyer Rank Among Tigers' Best RBs?
Michael Dyer is just a true sophomore, and he already has a National Championship in his trophy case and is a dynamic rusher for the Auburn Tigers.
He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in his first year on campus last season, and he's shown signs of being one of the best running backs in the country and could end up being one of the best running backs in the history of the Auburn program.
So where does he rank amongst the greatest running backs in Auburn history?
5. James Brooks
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Obviously that's not James Brooks in the picture. Brooks had 3,523 yards rushing for his career, which puts him third on the all-time list.
In Dyer's case, he could easily surpass that number in four years, if he so chooses to stay for his senior year. Dyer is a major talent and a homerun threat. He's had a successful season thus far and is well on his way to another 1,000-yard season.
If Dyer stays for four years, he could end up being the schools all-time leader in rushing yards, but at this point in time, Dyer is slightly behind Brooks on this list.
4. Ronnie Brown
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Ronnie Brown and Micheal Dyer have one thing in common—they both were part of a team that went undefeated. The only difference is that Dyer got a National Championship out of it.
Ronnie Brown has 2,707 career rushing yards, which Dyer will easily surpass by the time he's a junior. On a potential standpoint, Dyer is better than Brown.
He can do more at a standpoint from being all-purpose, but right now Brown belongs ahead of Dyer on the all-time list.
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Joe Cribbs is fourth on the list of all-time rushers at Auburn with 3,368 yards rushing. He also has 4,561 all-purpose yards.
Cribbs was a dynamic back at Auburn as well as fan favorite. Dyer could potentially pass his number by when it's all said and done, but at the present time, Dyer is behind Cribbs on the all-time list.
2. Carnell Williams
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Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is No. 2 on the list of Auburn running backs in the history of the program. His 3,831 yards rushing are second on the list, but his 5,084 all-purpose yards rank No. 1.
He may just be the best running back in the history of the Auburn program, and at a statistical standpoint, Dyer is a ways away from being in the same conversation as Williams.
Dyer is a very talented running back, but he's far and away from being at the same caliber as Williams.
1. Bo Jackson
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Bo knows running backs, and he knows he's the best running back in the history of the Auburn program. He's a Heisman winner and has the most rushing yards with 4,303 yards. He's the face of the Auburn program and one of the game's most storied figures.
Is it possible for Michael Dyer to match Bo Jackson's production or his popularity? Probably not, but that doesn't mean he couldn't be as significant to the program. He already has a National Championship, and it's no stretch of the imagination to see him in New York for the Heisman ceremony next season or his senior year.
Jackson is the best, and Dyer is an up and comer.