Auburn, Ala.--Michael Dyer just missed setting a personal record for rushing yardage in his team’s victory over Ole Miss on Saturday night, but the Auburn sophomore didn’t miss when the Southeastern Conference named its players of the week on Monday.
After rushing for 177 yards on 27 carries in Auburn’s 41-23 victory over Rebels, the SEC named Dyer the league’s offensive player of the week.
“The offensive line did a tremendous job and let everybody play good,” Dyer told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “The quarterback was able to read routes, throw it down the field and open it up for the running game.”
Dyer’s rushing total is three off his personal high he set last year in Auburn’s victory at Ole Miss. The sophomore said he isn’t sure what it is about playing the Rebels that has produced his top two college yardage games, but said he is certain the Tigers improved offensively.
“We had a few mistakes, but overall we played better than we have the last few games,” he said. “We just went out and played a great game. Our line came out and made some good pushes and we were able to run.
Auburn improved to 6-3 with the victory and 4-2 in the SEC. The Tigers are off this week. Coach Gene Chizik is giving the players three days away from practice to rest and recharge. The Tigers will begin preparations on Wednesday night for game 10, a week from Saturday at Georgia.
Dyer, who is from Little Rock, is the all-time leading rusher in Arkansas high school football history.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik had praise for Dyer's running and positive attitude following the victory over Ole Miss. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the tailback is a part of what the Tigers are doing.
“A lot of times when we have success with him running the football that is when we can be the offense we need to be,” said Malzahn, whose unit finished with 414 yards, including 254 yards on the ground vs. Ole Miss.
After playing three contests against Top 10 teams on the road in the month of October, Dyer said the Tigers enjoyed playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. “Everybody was excited to be back at home and be in front of our crowd,” he said.
“We are happy with the win and are going to try to finish out the season strong,” he added.
The sophomore is following his strong freshman season with another good performance. He is 11 yards away from joining James Brooks, Joe Cribbs, Stephen Davis and Carnell Williams as the only players in Auburn history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Dyer has 2,082 career yards, which is 13th on Auburn’s all-time rushing list. With two more yards he will move into 12th place, which is currently held by James Bostic, who played for the Tigers from 1991-93.
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