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Thursday, Jan. 05, 2012

Auburn football: Reports say Michael Dyer considering transfer to Arkansas State to join Gus Malzahn

- jerickson@ledger-enquirer.com
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday afternoon that star running back Michael Dyer is considering a transfer from Auburn to Arkansas State.

AuburnUndercover.com reported Dyer plans to transfer and has not been given a release from Auburn. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the Dyer family wants to talk to Chizik before deciding to transfer and that Arkansas State could be a landing spot.

Former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is the new head coach at Arkansas State.

NationalFootballAuthority.com reported early Wednesday that Dyer already had filed paperwork to transfer to Arkansas State, but spokesmen from Auburn and Arkansas State said they are not aware that Dyer had filed paperwork to transfer to the school in Jonesboro, Ark. Auburn’s spokesman said he is not aware of any change in Dyer’s status.

“I’m telling you, he has not filed paperwork to do anything,” the Democrat-Gazette’s source said. “If that happens, trust me, I’m sitting beside him.”

Last week, two Arkansas State players tweeted that Dyer was transferring to the school, but during his final Chick-fil-A Bowl press conference, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said he was not aware of those reports.

Dyer, a sophomore, was suspended indefinitely by Auburn for an undisclosed violation of team rules following the regular season, in which he rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to first team All-SEC honors. Dyer also became only the fifth running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

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