Dyer happy to stay at Arkansas State despite NCAA ruling

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Michael Dyer says he's happy at Arkansas State and looking forward to serving as a mentor for his teammates while sitting out this season after his transfer from Auburn.

The NCAA denied his request to play immediately. Dyer was the first Auburn tailback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.

He transferred to Arkansas State in January after he was suspended indefinitely by Auburn coach Gene Chizik for violating unspecified team rules before the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He went through spring practice with the Red Wolves but hadn't talked publicly since his transfer before Friday.

Dyer was the offensive MVP of the 2011 national championship game as a freshman.