Kent State’s otherwise sterling 2012 season ended on a down note, but the rising football program received some good news Friday a few days into the offseason.
In a press release, Kent State announced that running back Dri Archer has decided to return to the school for his senior season. There were some who had speculated that the 5-8, 164-pound back would declare early for the draft, so the move was a pleasant surprise for his new head coach.
“I was super excited,” said Paul Haynes. “It was good to hear him say it was the best decision for him and that he’s all in.”
Archer’s 1,429 yards rushing were good for 21st in the country this season, while his 16 rushing touchdowns were tied for 15th nationally. He also led the Golden Flashes in receptions (39), receiving yards (561) and receiving touchdowns (four).
But wait, there’s more. His 34.8 yard average on 17 kick returns was tops at the FBS level, and returned three of those kickoffs for touchdowns.