Report: Ex-Auburn RB Dyer visits USF
USF's search for a starting running back has an interesting late-summer twist, as ESPN's Joe Schad reported Sunday night that Michael Dyer, who had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Auburn but has been dismissed from two programs, visited USF's campus over the weekend and is considering the Bulls as an option this fall.
Dyer, who was the offensive MVP of Auburn's national championship win to cap the 2010 season, was dismissed from the Tigers after the 2011 season, then from Arkansas State in 2012. He's spent the past year away from football at Arkansas Baptist, a small school in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark., and now has his associate of arts degree, allowing him to transfer and play his final two years at a major program.
Dyer, who had expressed an interest in even walking on at Arkansas, would give the Bulls a proven option at a crucial position -- he broke Bo Jackson's Auburn freshman rushing record, gaining 1,093 yards in the same backfield as Cam Newton in 2010. He ran for 1,242 and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, but comes with the baggage of off-field issues, though both his high school coach and the president at Arkansas Baptist have vouched for him as character references.
USF has limited options at running back -- senior Marcus Shaw is the most accomplished, with 252 yards last season, and he'll be competing with junior Mike Pierre (who redshirted last season) and true freshmen Sta'fon McCray and Darius Tice. Taggart has had a running back rush for at least 1,500 yards in each of his last four seasons as a coach, with Antonio Andrews and Bobby Rainey at Western Kentucky and Toby Gerhart at Stanford in 2009 when Taggart was running backs coach there.
-- Lobsters are ahead for USF receiver Andre Davis and defensive tackle Luke Sager, who will represent the Bulls with Taggart at the American football media day in Newport, R.I., on July 30, and of course at the league's annual clambake the night before.
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