Kent State junior Dri Archer was named to the Walter Camp All-America First Team as a kick returner Thursday. Although other Kent State players have earned All-America honors, Archer becomes the program’s first Walter Camp All-American, the nation’s oldest organization for such an honor.
In his first five games, Archer returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, beginning with a 98-yard score in the season’s opening game. In the Golden Flashes’ very next home game, Archer had the second longest return in program history at 99 yards against Ball State. The very next week, he broke a Rynearson Stadium record with a 98-yard return against Eastern Michigan.
After his first five games, opposing teams stopped using traditional kickoffs against the Golden Flashes. Archer is averaging an NCAA best 38.2 yards per kick return and his three touchdowns on kick returns are tied for the most in the nation. He was the only Mid-American Conference player selected to the All-America Team.
Kent State (11-2) will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, its first bowl appearance in 40 years, on Jan. 6 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The Golden Flashes will take on Sun Belt champion Arkansas State on ESPN with a 9 p.m. Eastern kickoff.