Rounding up some weekend SEC news
July, 30, 2012
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
With the start of practice approaching, the news ticker is heating up. Let's catch up on some of the happenings in the SEC over the weekend:
- It's really sad to see the train wreck that has become Michael Dyer's college career. Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn announced over the weekend that Dyer had been dismissed from the team. Dyer led Auburn in rushing last season with 1,242 yards, ranking him second in the SEC. But Dyer was suspended for the Tigers' bowl game and wound up leaving the team. He followed Malzahn to Arkansas State and had hoped to play this season, but the NCAA ruled that he would have to sit out a season per normal NCAA transfer rules. During the robbery trial of former Auburn teammate Antonio Goodwin, Dyer testified that he smoked synthetic marijuana while he was at Auburn. This is the same guy who became the first player in Auburn history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
- LSU is looking for some insurance at quarterback. Penn State junior quarterback Rob Bolden visited the LSU campus over the weekend. Bolden became the first freshman to start at quarterback for Joe Paterno in 2010, but lost his starting job after suffering a concussion. Bolden shared playing time with Matt McGloin last season. There have been several reports that Bolden has already been removed from the Penn State roster and is no longer with the team. He requested a transfer at the end of the 2010 season, but Paterno wouldn't release him. Zach Mettenberger is LSU's starter, and the Tigers have high hopes for him. But he only threw 11 passes last season. His backups are redshirt freshmen Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall. One thing about Bolden is that he's extremely mobile, and LSU coach Les Miles likes having a quarterback who can run.
- At Georgia, Mark Richt made it clear that the Bulldogs are not pursuing any Penn State players after originally saying that the Bulldogs might be interested.