Michael Dyer loses his scholarship at Auburn

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Auburn has released All-Southeastern Conference tailback Michael Dyer from his scholarship, a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press.

Dyer is the first Auburn tailback to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but coach Gene Chizik suspended him indefinitely before the Chick-fil-A Bowl for violating unspecified team rules.

Dyer was the offensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game as a freshman last season.

He ran for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.

OREGON: Running back LaMichael James is skipping his senior year and declaring himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

James, a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010, said Friday he has not hired an agent.

“I feel like I’m leaving with a bang,” said James, less than a week after he helped the Ducks to a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

A 5-foot-9, 195-pound All-American, James rushed for a school-record 1,805 yards this season despite missing two games with a dislocated right elbow. He led the nation with an average of 150.4 yards rushing per game.

ARIZONA STATE: Brock Osweiler announced that he will bypass his senior year and enter the NFL Draft.

Osweiler, the first Arizona State quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards, completed 63.2 percent of his throws with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.

The tallest quarterback in the nation last year at
6-foot-8, Osweiler played in 25 career games, including 15 starts.

MICHIGAN: Wide receiver Darryl Stonum was sentenced to 10 days in jail Friday for violation of his probation stemming from a 2011
drunken-driving arrest.

Police said Stonum, 21, was stopped Thursday morning and found to be driving on a revoked license on his way to a probation meeting, and lied to his probation officer, Steve Hill, about how he arrived for the meeting.

Judge Charles Pope of the 15th District Court of Michigan sentenced Stonum to 10 days in jail and admonished the player.

Pope cited the resources the court had established to help Stonum obey the previous court order.

NOTRE DAME: Tight end Tyler Eifert said Friday he is coming back for his senior year instead of heading to the NFL.

Eifert had 63 catches for 803 yards – Notre Dame single-season records for a tight end – and five TD catches last season. He has 90 career receptions for 1,155 yards.He needs 39 catches and 605 receiving yards to break Ken MacAfee’s school records by a tight end.

FLORIDA: The Gators have targeted Boise State’s Brent Pease to replace Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator.

The Gators met with Pease on Friday.


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