[Update] Malzahn Says 'Nothing New' On Michael Dyer's Status With Red Wolves

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 1:41 pm  

Arkansas State running backs Michael Dyer (5) and Frankie Jackson (6) wait their turn to participate in drills during a recent practice. Dyer is participating in spring practice for the Red Wolves, but his eligibility status for 2012 is unknown. (Photo by MIckey Ryan, 103.9 The Game In Jonesboro)

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Michael Dyer is in pads at Arkansas State football practices. He’s going through drills and meetings with the Red Wolves.

Coach Gus Malzahn has Dyer very much involved this spring. Dyer is getting snaps and has proven to be a valuable resource as other player learn the Malzahn system. Dyer played two years under Malzahn at Auburn.

"He's getting equal reps to everyone else," Malzahn told reporters on Friday. "He's helping other guys with the offense."

Whether the former All-SEC running back is working to prepare for 2012 or just trying to stay sharp for 2013 remains to be seen.

Dyer, who transferred after two seasons at Auburn, could have to sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. But the school has considered petitioning for immediate eligibility for the Little Rock native.

Where ASU stands in that process is unclear.

"Nothing new as of right now," Coach Gus Malzahn said when asked by Mickey Ryan of Jonesboro radio station 103.9 FM The Game if there was any update in Dyer’s status. Malzahn offered no new details on Friday when asked by Matt Roberson of the Jonesboro Sun where the appeal process stood.

"We've not decided," Malzahn told reporters on Friday. "It's still up in the air."

Dyer is currently off limits to reporters and a team spokesman said Malzahn “wants his eligibility status for next year resolved before he does interviews.”

If Dyer, the 2011 BCS title game MVP, is available to play this season, he’d likely make an impact in the Sun Belt Conference. Dyer ran for 2,335 yards with 15 touchdowns in two seasons with the Tigers.



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