Arkansas Makes Correct Call Showing No Interest in Former Auburn RB Michael Dyer

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 19, 2013

Former Auburn and Arkansas State RB Michael Dyer
Former Auburn and Arkansas State RB Michael DyerKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Spring football is almost in the books, which means that transfer season will pick back up shortly.

One transfer rumor making the Internet rounds involves former Auburn and Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer.

Dyer was released from his scholarship at Auburn early in 2012 after being suspended for the Tigers' Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Virginia in December 2011. He transferred to Arkansas State and went through spring practice with then-Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn before being dismissed for violation of team rules.

According to KTHV 11 in Little Rock, Ark., after spending last year at Arkansas Baptist College, Dyer is interested in joining the Arkansas Razorbacks (h/t:

If given the chance, I would definitely go down there and do the best that I can–for the team and for the coaches and for fans. And to be able to play at home–I think any kid would love that dream. To come back home and start over and play at home. 

But how realistic is the possibility? According to, he won't get the chance to walk on new head coach Bret Bielema's squad.

If that's the case, it's a wise move for Bielema—and it has nothing to do with the character issues that have followed Dyer throughout his college career.

Dyer—who is NFL draft-eligible—is a special talent. He set Auburn's freshman rushing record with 1,093 yards and five touchdowns in 2010, and was named the offensive MVP of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game to close his freshman campaign.

That kind of offensive prowess would certainly benefit Bielema, who produced seven 1,000-yard rushers at Wisconsin from 2006-12. And he would certainly provide stability for that rushing attack, which is incredibly inexperienced heading into 2013.

But that's exactly why Bielema shouldn't take the risk.

Sophomore Jonathan Williams came to Arkansas with a ton of hype. The former 4-star prospect in the composite index from Allen, Texas, rushed for 231 yards and a touchdown as a freshman last season. He has the size and speed to make a major impact in the SEC.

Behind him this summer will be incoming freshman Alex Collins. He made headlines on national signing day when his mother stole his National Letter of Intent before he could fax it to Arkansas. But once you get past the family drama, you'll see that Collins has the tools to be a star as well. The 4-star prospect in the composite index will get carries as a true freshman, even if Dyer is there.

Bielema's job at Arkansas is to make this program his own, and that identity shouldn't involve Dyer.

He'd likely only be a one-year solution before jumping to the pros, so why bother? Sure, Bielema has accepted high-profile transfers in the past at Wisconsin, including quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Danny O'Brien in consecutive seasons.

But this is different.

Wisconsin was trying to jump from good to great when those two players transferred, while Arkansas is in rebuilding mode. If you have young, talented players at running back; you rebuild with those players.

If Arkansas isn't reciprocating interest in Dyer, it's a smart move by Bielema.