When Michael Dyer arrived on campus last fall, University of Louisville football fans were elated, expecting the one-time most valuable player in a national championship game to greatly enhance UofL’s running game.

Dyer participated in seven games during the 2013 season, gaining 238 yards in 44 tries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry while scoring two touchdowns. He saw no action, however, during the final six games, having incurred an injury. He’s still listed on the roster, but Bobby Petrino wasn’t able provide much  information about Dyer’s future during Saturday’s press conference.

“I haven’t seen a lot of him, he’s kind of been injured,” said Petrino. “When I first got back here, he had surgery — one of those sports hernia-type surgeries. He’s been out, lifting with the team, conditioning on his own. Really haven’t seen whole lot of him.”

Coach Charlie Strong had welcomed Dyer to UofL last season after he had been dismissed from the Auburn and Arkansas State programs.

Petrino is the kind of coach who keeps a close watch on every player. If Dyer is still recovering from a groin procedure, his availability for spring practice starting March 18 is doubtful. He obviously needs to work on making some kind of impression on the new coach if he’s going to see any action next fall.

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By Charlie Springer

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