Michael Dyer ineligible for the Belk Bowl

Louisville senior running back Michael Dyer has been ruled academically ineligible and will be unable to participate in the Cardinals’ upcoming game in the Belk Bowl against Georgia.  The University of Louisville issued the following statement regarding Dyer:

University of Louisville senior running back Michael Dyer was ruled academically ineligible and will miss the Belk Bowl versus Georgia on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C. Dyer, who transferred from Auburn in 2013, was the second-leading rusher for the Cardinals this season, appearing in nine games. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Dyer rushed for 481 yards and five touchdowns this season. He missed the first three games of the season with a thigh injury. He rushed for 173 yards and a score versus NC State and 134 yards and three touchdowns against Florida State. The Cardinals will depart for Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon.

This is very disappointing news for a young man who has had a rocky collegiate career.  Dyer’s two years in Louisville were marred by injuries.  He seemed to come into his own midway through this season by rushing for 173 yards against North Carolina State and then 134 yards and three touchdowns against then No. 2 Florida State.

Although this is a blow for the Cardinals, the cupboard is not bare in the backfield.  They will rely on Brandon Radcliff, L. J. Scott, and senior Dominique Brown.

Each of the three running backs bring something to the table.  Radcliff leads the Cardinals with 648 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.  Freshman L. J. Scott rushed for 126 yards in his most extensive action of the season against Murray State.  Dominique Brown was supposed to be one of the leaders in the backfield, but has seen his playing time slip by getting only one carry in the last five games.  He did lead the Cardinals with 143 yards in their inaugural game in the ACC against the Miami Hurricanes.

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