The Auburn Tigers have granted star running back Michael Dyer his release, after about a week of rumors, reports that the deal was already done, and hearty welcomes by another school's players, Charles Goldberg reports. The thinking has been that he'll join former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's Arkansas St. Red Wolves, where multiple players have already publicly greeted him with a kind hand of fellowship.
Back when Malzahn was hired by ASU, our own Bill Connelly took at look at the team's presumed depth chart for 2012, pending recruits and transfers. Say, let's take another look at part of the running back portion:
Frankie Johnson (5'9, 185, So.) -- 85 carries, 343 yards (4.0)
Sherodrick Smith (5'10, 180, So.) -- 16 carries, 56 yards (3.5)
Dyer had 1,242 yards rushing, averaging 5.13 per carry. Sure, he was playing behind a SEC line, but he was also running against SEC defenses. You can see how this changes things.