Dyer good to go vs. Arkansas

After being dinged up at South Carolina, Dyer is ready to run over Arkansas.

Running back Mike Dyer is “doing fine” after tweaking his ankle against South Carolina, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday.

Dyer hurt his ankle midway through the third quarter against the Gamecocks — after his 25th carry of the night — and hobbled off the field.

He returned to carry 16 more times and finish off his 41-rush, 141-yard performance.

Chizik said the Little Rock, Ark., native is good to go.

“He’s going to practice as normal, as usual,” Chizik said. “He’ll be excited to play, and, obviously, going back to Arkansas, it will be exciting to play.”

Dyer leads the Tigers with 103 carries for 567 yards and seven touchdowns this year.

He ran six times for 53 yards — including a 38-yard touchdown — against the Razorbacks last season.

Slade working on versatility
Redshirt freshman Chad Slade can play almost literally anywhere on the offensive line.

Right tackle, right guard, left guard, left tackle, you name it.

Probably not center, though.

“I don’t know about that,” Slade said. “I don’t snap too good.”

Slade started the season opener at right tackle, then stepped in for John Sullen at right guard when the junior sat out the Florida Atlantic game.

When center Reese Dismukes went out for a couple of plays last week against South Carolina, left guard Jared Cooper shifted over and Slade took Cooper’s spot at left guard.

He’s kind of like the Allen wrench of the Tigers’ offensive line.

“It’s pretty tough learning all the positions, but it’s good for me because I know what every spot is doing,” Slade said. “So if (offensive line coach Jeff Grimes) needs me and somebody goes down, I can just fill in for them.”

Slade, who was recruited to Auburn as a guard, said he’s been working mostly at guard in practice, because Grimes already knows full well what he’s capable of at tackle.

But the fact remains Grimes can slide Slade in just about anywhere.

“I’m learning every spot,” Slade said. “The right side is more comfortable for me, but learning the left side is all good, too.”

Cutting down on YAC
Arkansas’ receiving quartet of Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright is dangerous enough when it comes to getting open and getting the ball.

What they do with the ball in their hands is a whole other story.

“You can tell there is definitely a conscious coaching effort for them to make yards after the catch,” Chizik said. “It’s going to be huge for us to be able to tackle these guys in space and limit those yards after catch because that’s exactly where they will hurt you. That’s going to be a big key for us.”

Arkansas recorded 131 yards after catch on Wilson’s 25 completions against Auburn last year, nearly 40 percent of his total of 332 yards.

For an Auburn defense with a fairly spotty tackling record, that’s a bit of a concern.

“They’ve got a great corps of receivers that all of them will be playing at the next level,” cornerback T’Sharvan Bell said. “We’ve got our hands full this weekend.”

Back to the drawing board
Quan Bray said the trick pass play between he and C.J. Uzomah had been extensively engineered in practice to work whenever offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn decided to pull it out in a game.

And yet, when Uzomah took the pitch and threw for Bray against the Gamecocks in the first quarter Saturday, South Carolina safety Antonio Allen came over top and intercepted the pass.

“It was just slightly, a little underthrown, but I probably could have come back and just took it away from him,” Bray said. “But it is what it is.

“(Allen) just came like right in front of me at the last minute. It was crazy. But we’ll get another chance for it.”

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