Michael Dyer probably isn’t going to be drafted during this year’s National Football League draft. Good news for University of Louisville fans on at least one front.

The bad news, however, is that Dyer may have slipped to the fourth spot on the running back depth chart, failing to see any action during the most recent game against South Florida.michael-dyer

Except for few brief instances, Dyer has exhibited little of the speed and power at UofL that he showed at Auburn during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

In 2010, Dyer rushed for 1,093 yards on 182 carries and five touchdowns, breaking the Auburn record for most rushing yards by a freshman, previously held by Bo Jackson. Next season he had 1,242 yards rushing on 242 attempts, 10 touchdowns, averaging 103.5 yards per game.

This season Dyer has carried the ball 44 times for 238 yards and two touchdowns. His best game was against Kentucky when he had 62 yards on 11 carries. But more recently, in games against Rutgers and Central Florida, he managed only 18 yards in eight tries.

Hard to believe that the outstanding offensive player in the 2011 BCS Championship game, when he rushed for 143 yards, lost out on so much by sitting out a year, regardless of the circumstances. He showed indications earlier this season of returning to form, but lately he just seems to be struggling.

Possibly Charlie Strong was trying to get Dyer’s attention by letting him warm the bench Saturday. Too much proven potential not living up to expectations.

Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

9 thoughts on “Michael Dyer missing in action

  • October 28, 2013 at 3:25 am
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    He would be putting up better numbers if our line was more than mediocre.

  • October 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm
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    The bigger question for me is Where is James Quick?? The #11 Wr on the team in terms of catches. He only has three! I know the Cards have many other Wr, but c’mon- if you’re not going to get him at least somewhat involved then why didn’t you redshirt him? A top Wr in the country coming out of high school and louisville’s highest h.s recruit ever, and not involved at all ?? What does this say to future h.s players who are considering Louisville ? I’d find it hard to believe that Quick is happy, even though he knew the current Wr on the team. What gives?

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:23 am
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      James Quick is paying his dues, gradually picking up more playing time as he becomes comfortable with the system. Football is a little bit different from basketball in that recent high school stars can’t come and make an impact right away. As he learns the system, he is seeing more time on the field. He will make a huge impact before he’s done, just sit back, enjoy his progress and allow it to happen.

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:24 am
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      James Quick is paying his dues, gradually picking up more playing time as he becomes comfortable with the system. Football is a little bit different from basketball in that recent high school stars can’t come and make an impact right away. He will make a huge impact before he’s done, just sit back, enjoy his progress and allow it to happen.

  • October 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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    Dyer is probably happy just being on the team. Any team.

  • October 29, 2013 at 7:39 am
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    Then how are the other backs getting it done ?????
    AND THEY ARE GETTING IT DONE ESPECIALLY DOMONIQUE BROWN
    LOUISVILLE HAS 3 NFL caliber linemen !

  • November 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm
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    Ummm, you realize that if he had 242 touches this year (like he had his Soph year at Auburn) that he’s on pace to put up the EXACT same numbers?

    Not sure what you’re trying to get at with this article whatsoever

    • November 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm
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      Nice try, Gavin, but it’s not going to happen with him on the sideline. Just posting his stats that’s all.

    • November 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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      Charlie’s point is he’s not running as well… not earning as many yards per carry. Watch and you’ll see nor is he picking best gap. Therefore, he’s falling behind in depth chart and doesn’t deserve 242 touches this season. Sorry, he’s simply lost a step/edge since fresh/soph years at AU, which is sad as I’d like to see him win. Maybe next year?

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