After surveying his options, Michael Dyer is prepared to stay at Arkansas State and sit out the 2012 season.
The 10th-rated running back by NFLDraftScout.com, Dyer would have to play this season in order to be eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.
He left Auburn in January and followed former Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State. When the NCAA denied Dyer's request to play immediately, it fueled speculation that he could be on the move again - likely to Division II program Pittsburg State (Pa.) in order to play in 2012.
However, Dyer said Friday that he going to stay with the Red Wolves program and doesn't "even known how that got started" when asked about rumors he would transfer to Pittsburgh State.
"It (the waiver) got denied, but me and Coach Malzahn have known each other for a while and we have been through thick and thin and I decided to come back (to ASU) and play," Dyer said Friday, per ArkansasSports360.com. "I will sit out and do the best that I can for my teammates and make them better and learn more about the offenses and defenses. I will just try to do whatever I can and just become a better person. I'll have my time too to develop different skills and take my game to the next level and just become a better person that people can look up to. I will try to change things for myself and the way that I live throughout the time I have to sit out. I'm just going to try to do what I can as a person to become better."
Ironically, if Dyer suits up for Arkansas State, his first game for the Red Wolves will be against Auburn in the 2013 season opener.
The Little Rock, Ark. native was named the Most Valuable Player of the BCS National Championship Game following the 2010 season after rushing for 143 yards in Auburn's victory. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons, but was suspended for the Tigers' bowl game last season.
He followed Malzahn to Arkansas State and played in the spring game, but also testified in a robbery trial for Antonio Goodwin that his gun was used in the robbery, although he did not take part in the crime.
Dyer's hardship request to the NCAA was a request to be able to play immediately based on a transfer that was intended to "get a support system closer to home." An appeal was denied last week, and Malzahn said he respects the NCAA's decision.
"I'm tickled to death. I know our team is tickled to death," Malzahn said. "The fact that we are going to have one of the top running backs in the entire country not only helping our scout team this coming year and helping our running backs, but be eligible to play next year."