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Offensive MVP Heads to Louisville

The 2011 BCS National Championship Offensive MVP has decided to take his talents to the University of Louisville. Michael Dyer will be joining Coach Charlie Strong’s (pre-season) ninth ranked Cardinals after spending the last season out of the spotlight.

Last year the running back attended Arkansas Baptist College where he took a break from playing football to focus on his education. Dyer received his associates degree in May, as well as guidance from the college’s president, Fitz Hill.

“He’s excited to have an opportunity to resume his career,” Hill told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday evening. “Many people doubted that Michael would ever make this comeback, and it’s here.”

Louisville cannot comment on Dyer until the halfback is officially enrolled. However, Dyer has expressed his enthusiasm to ESPN saying: “I am ready to start a new chapter in my life; I’ve learned from my past and feel that Louisville is the best place to play the second half of my collegiate career. I thank God for Coach [Charlie] Strong’s belief in me. I am not going to let him down.”

“I was looking for something other than a great football program,” Dyer said. “I wanted a support system that would continue help me develop socially, emotionally and spiritually. Most people know that I can play football and I know that I am very capable academically. But this decision is about more than just football. It is about me as a person.”

Prior to Auburn’s appearance in the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Dyer was cut by the team, despite rushing for over 1,200 yards that season, for failing multiple drug tests. He then transferred to Arkansas State to play for his former Auburn offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn. Before fall practices started, however, Dyer was suspended by the Red Wolves for an incident in which he was cited for doing 96 in a 70 mph zone. A hand gun was confiscated from the trunk of Dyer’s vehicle, even though it was stored, unloaded, in a backpack.

Dyer will be joining a Cardinals running back stable that includes senior Senorise Perry and junior Dominique Brown. Perry rushed for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for the Cards before having his season cut short by a knee injury, while Brown missed all of last season but rushed for 533 yards for the ‘ville in 2011. Dyer is scheduled to make his Cardinals debut on September 1, as the team takes on Ohio in Papa John’s Stadium.


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