Kent State’s Dri Archer has been named to the Walter Camp All-American first team as a kick returner.
Archer was so good in the return game early in the season that opponents just quit kicking to him.
In his first five games, Archer returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, beginning with a 98-yard score in the season’s opening game. He later added 98 and 99-yard touchdown returns, and at the season’s midpoint teams just quit kicking into his area code.
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.
Archer has also been named as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, honoring the nation’s most versatile player.
His return from missing 2011 due to an academic/administrative issue obviously played a huge part in Kent State going 11-2, winning the MAC East and making its first bowl game in 40 years.