While a cartoon may have kickstarted Dri Archer’s Heisman campaign, an ankle injury on the opening drive of Kent State’s season ended his chances all too soon. After setting a school record for touchdowns in a single-season, Archer had high hopes for his senior year.
Archer had played only one series since the injury until Sept 28 against Northern Michigan. He scored his first touchdown of the season against Northern Michigan with 6:21 left in the first half. He averaged 12.2 yds rushing and had 121 all-purpose yards in the Golden Flashes’ first win since their season opener against Liberty.
Archer told reporters, “It was nice to get back out there with my teammates.”
“Having Dri back was huge,” head coach Paul Haynes told The Plain Dealer. “All the teams know who he is and where he is on the field. You don’t have to give him the ball all the time to make things open up.”
The Golden Flashes played undefeated Northern Illinois on Saturday, whom they lost to in the 2012 MAC championship. Archer put up noteworthy numbers despite losing 38-24. He had four receptions for 80 yds. He was named East Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday for his 100 yard kick off return, tying a school record. The Golden Flashes found the Dri Archer they created a Heisman hype around.
Kent State heads to Ball State this weekend, where hopefully Archer will remain hot and injury free for what’s left of his season.