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Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 12/11/2011

Auburn tailback Michael Dyer suspended for Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Virginia

Update, 7:41 p.m., Dec. 31st: Follow live stats from the Chick-fil-A Bowl between Auburn and Virginia

Auburn has suspended all-Southeastern Conference tailback Michael Dyer for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 31 in Atlanta, the school confirmed on Sunday.

The suspension was first reported by the Birmingham News.

Dyer, Auburn’s leading rusher, was suspended for a violation of an undisclosed team rule. He recorded 1,242 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season and was handed the ball on 49.2 percent of the Tigers’ rushing attempts. 

With Dyer unavailable for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, look for Auburn to lean more on freshman tailback Tre Mason, who carried the ball 19 times for 97 yards this season. Onterio McCalebb, the team’s second-leading rusher, tallied 532 rushing yards and four touchdowns this fall.

Auburn tied for No. 38 in the nation in rushing offense (174.8 ypg) this season, while Virginia ranked No. 35 in the country in rushing defense (128.3 ypg allowed).

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