Auburn Running Back Mike Dyer Suspended for Chick-fil-A Bowl

Tucker SargentContributor IIIDecember 11, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers runs the ball for a 37-yards late in the fourth quarter during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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No. 25 Auburn will be without All-SEC running back Mike Dyer when the Tigers take on Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Jan. 31. first broke the news around midnight on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.

The Tigers' site,, also reported the suspension about an hour later.

The article said the reason for the suspension is not clear at this time.

Losing Dyer could potentially be a huge blow for an Auburn offense that has struggled all season to find a rhythm.

The sophomore, who ranked second in the SEC this season in rushing behind Heisman finalist Trent Richardson, rushed for 1,242 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.

Many might remember Dyer's fourth-quarter run in last year's BCS National Championship Game against Oregon, when the Arkansas native kept running after rolling over an Oregon defender on an attempted tackle to keep Auburn's winning drive alive.

What looked initially like a tackle was reviewed by the booth, which determined Dyer's knee was never down. The play gained 37 yards to the Oregon 23-yard line.

In just two seasons on the Plains, Dyer has rushed for 2,335 yards, good for 10th on Auburn's all-time career rushing list.

Freshman Tre Mason and junior Onterio McCalebb are expected to pick up the bulk of the carries when the Tigers (7-5, 4-4 SEC) take on the Cavaliers (8-4, 5-3 ACC) in Atlanta on Dec. 31.

ESPN's coverage of the Chick-fil-A Bowl starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.