Michale Dyer never spoke to the media while he was at UofL, but now that he’s up at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he’s talking. He opened up to Michael Casagrande of AL.com and discussed his time at Auburn, Louisville, and the mistakes he’s made along the way.
“The lowest point I had was having to leave Auburn,” Dyer said. “I really enjoyed Auburn growing up and throughout my high school career. It’s the place I wanted to be when I was growing up and (Gus) Malzahn was there and we had a great relationship throughout high school.
“Sophomore year and how the whole process went at the end, it was really a bummer. It was a down thing all the way around. But at the same time, I learned so much from it. But I look at it as a positive. I couldn’t take the negative and not find a positive. It was a good experience all the way around.”
His comments on not being available for Louisville’s bowl are a little puzzling, but a bad test in a lab class kept him from playing against Georgia.
He landed with at his fourth college home a year later with some help from Malzahn. Injuries limited him to 44 carries and 223 yards in 2013 at Louisville. He was banged up again last year when running 110 times for 481 yards. Finding his health and stride midseason, Dyer ran for 173 yards on 24 attempts against N.C. State. A week later, he put 134 yards on Florida State with 28 attempts.
His college career ended with another missed bowl game. Ruled academically ineligible for the Belk Bowl, Dyer said it resulted from doing poorly on a final in a lab class.
“Actually, everybody wants to play in the bowl game, but it wasn’t that tough for me,” Dyer said. “I was just happy to finish up there. I was happy to still be a part of a team. I came up short with my classes, but at the end of the day, I was happy to be where I was. I was back on a football team and I’m 20 hours from graduating there.”