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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Auburn’s BCS MVP running back Dyer denied chance to play immediately at Arkansas St. after transfer; Ex-UGA RB Crowell enrolls at Alabama State

Auburn RB Mike Dyer won't be with the team when it plays in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia after he is suspended indefinitely Sunday for violating team rules.

Auburn RB Mike Dyer won't be with the team when it plays in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia after he is suspended indefinitely Sunday for violating team rules.

JONESBORO, Ark. — The NCAA denied former Auburn running back Michael Dyer’s request to be immediately eligible to play this season at Arkansas State, Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday in a release.

Dyer, who was the first Tiger tailback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, transferred to Arkansas State in January and went through spring practice. The Arkansas native and former Little Rock Christian standout had applied for a waiver to be immediately eligible to play this season, but Malzahn said the NCAA denied the request Thursday.

Dyer was the offensive MVP of the 2011 national championship game as a freshman and was named to the Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-Freshman Team. He set the Tigers’ freshman rushing record with 1,093 yards.


UGA linebacker Burrows leaves:

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt said Thursday that sophomore linebacker Brandon Burrows plans to transfer to another school.

Burrows was redshirted as a freshman in 2010 and did not play in 2011 due to a shoulder injury. He signed with Georgia from Walton High School in Marietta as a defensive end and was moved to linebacker for Georgia’s 3-4 scheme. Burrows says he’ll seek a new home with a four-man defensive front so he can play defensive end.


Kicked off team at UGA, Crowell lands on feet at Alabama State; LB Jones named Blue Ribbon Preseason All-American

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell has enrolled at Alabama State and is expected to play for the Hornets this season.

Georgia coach Mark Richt dismissed Crowell last Friday after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges. Police said they found a gun in his vehicle when he was stopped at a vehicle checkpoint on the Georgia campus at about 2:20 a.m.

Police say he faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property.

Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow says the Football Championship Subdivision school “actively researched Isaiah both as a person as well as an athlete.” He says school officials “also believe in helping young people” and that Crowell has learned from his mistakes.

Crowell rushed for 850 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman for the Bulldogs after arriving as one of the nation’s most heralded running back prospects out of Carver High School in Columbus.

He was the Associated Press SEC freshman of the year and a three-time league player of the week.

He and two of his teammates were suspended for the New Mexico State game after failing a drug test.

JONES HONORED AGAIN: Georgia junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has been named to the Blue Ribbon Yearbook’s preseason All-America team, according to a recent announcement.

Jones is one of eight players from the Southeastern Conference on the26-man team. The publication has also named Jones its preseason SEC Defensive Player of the Year and picked the Bulldogs to win the SEC’s Eastern Division.

A native of Columbus, Jones was a unanimous First Team All-American following the 2011 season after he led the SEC in both sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). Last year marked his first season playing for the Bulldogs after he transferred from USC and then redshirted the 2010 campaign.

Georgia opens its season against Buffalo in Sanford Stadium on Sept. 1. The Bulldogs begin their SEC slate in an away matchup with Missouri in Columbia on Sept. 8.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow says the Football Championship Subdivision school “actively researched Isaiah both as a person as well as an athlete.” He says school officials “also believe in helping young people” and that Crowell has learned from his mistakes.

Boy these college coaches can sure fill empty buckets with B.S. I think these coaches believe that we're all fools when they use the line "helping young people".

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