Kent State Golden Flashes running back/kick returner/speed demon Dri Archer suffered an ankle injury in the season opener against FCS opponent Liberty on Thursday. The severity of the injury is not known at the time, but Archer did leave the game.
Archer was an absolute stud for the Golden Flashes in 2012. He rushed for 1,429 yards on only 159 attempts — good for a staggering 8.99 yards per carry — and recorded 16 rushing touchdowns. He was also a bit threat in the receiving game, catching 39 passes for 561 yards and scoring four TDs. He was perhaps most dangerous as a kickoff returner, though, averaging a ridiculous 34.76 yards per return and running three kicks back for touchdowns.
We at FanSided hope that Archer makes a speedy recovery. He’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting players to watch in college football and is every bit as talented as the likes of Sammy Watkins and De’Anthony Thomas. His Golden Flashes open the MAC season against Bowling Green next week, and after that they have two huge games against LSU and Penn State.
For good luck here’s Archer’s 2012 highlight reel.