Michael Dyer was named MVP of the 2011 BCS National Championship. (photo – si.com)
*Please note that nothing official has come from UofL at this point.
In what will certainly generate a lot of buzz – and opinions – Louisville has accepted 5-star/Auburn transfer RB Michael Dyer according to a report in USA TODAY. Dyer, who was ranked as the #1 running back in the nation coming out of high school, helped lead the Auburn Tigers to the BCS Championship. Just look at the company of backs he kept in the Class of 2010. With that, he becomes the highest rated player to ever suit up for the UofL football program. Higher then Peanut Whitehead, Michael Bush, and Brian Brohm. Higher than Teddy too. All the recruiting services had him rated as a 5-star. Rivals tabbed him as the 11th player overall and 2nd running back nationally. Scout had him 15th overall and 2nd best back. 247sports had him 13th overall and top RB.
UofL now has a three-headed beast at running back with Dominique Brown healthy once again. Alongside of him is Senorise Perry, who’s on his way back from a torn ACL. The stable behind Bridgewater features speed, power, and the ability to catch the ball out in the flat as well as a combined 3,600 yards and 31 TDs. What program in the nation can boast this kind of depth? They can hit opponents with Brown’s power, Perry’s speed, and Dyer’s scary combination of both. With that kind of talent in the backfield, Teddy will be able to make even more plays in the pocket.
Dyer attended Arkansas Baptist and earned a two-year degree. After taking a year off from football, he’s ready to get back in the game and will have two years of immediate eligibility. In his two years at Auburn, he rushed for 2,335 yards and 15 TDs. Here’s hoping he flourishes with another chance at Louisville.
Hill said during a visit to Louisville last month, Dyer assured Cardinals coach Charlie Strong he wouldn’t blow the opportunity. “He looked in (Strong’s) eyes and said he wouldn’t let him down,” said Hill, who said he believed Louisville would provide a support system for Dyer.
“To me, it’s just like a handoff,” Hill said. “Everyone knows he plays football, but this was a decision for the support system. I think the environment will be productive for him. He told me, ‘I just want to find a place that’s going to be positive for me to finish the next two years of college football and to get a degree.’ “