Dyer Ready To Carry Bigger Load For Tigers

Michael Dyer

Auburn running back Michael Dyer talks about his role on offense, his first loss as a Tiger and much more.

Auburn, Ala.--With two 100-yard games to his credit already this season and averaging two touchdowns per game, sophomore running back Michael Dyer is off to a great start by any standards.

Coming off a loss to Clemson when Dyer ran for 151 yards but touched the ball just 16 times, for Auburn Coach Gene Chizik said he probably hasn't been used enough. That's music to the ears of Dyer.

"It definitely excites me," Dyer said. "I'm going to do whatever my coaches ask me to do. The loss is a big deal, but we just have to keep a positive attitude and go out there and play hard.

"I would definitely like to carry the ball more," the sophomore from Little Rock, Ark., said. "As a player I think anybody that wants to be a part of the offense they want the ball in their hands. I'm just one of those guys that will do exactly what the coach asks me to do and if he gives it to me more than 25 times I would definitely like that."

Dyer is shown on his 52-yard touchdown run vs. Clemson on Saturday.

Even with his 358 yards and six touchdowns, Dyer has only carried the ball only in 48 times in three games. That's only 11 carries more than fellow sophomore Marcus Lattimore had on Saturday alone in a win over Navy for South Carolina.

Admitting he has worked hard on improving his quickness and is in much better shape than he was last season, Dyer said he feels good about the way he is performing. In addition to that he said his job is to do anything he can to help the Tigers get back on track as one of the leaders for the Tigers.

"I'm just trying to be a part of things and whatever my role is and what I'm called to do for my team, that's what I'm going to do," Dyer said. "Whether that's cheering on the sidelines or getting our defensive guys up or helping the offensive line guys out, that's what I'm going to do. I'm just trying to fill the role that some of the guys took on last year."

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