In yet another sign of how things are changing in the MAC conference, there are now two Heisman campaigns being run within the conference. That's right, Kent State's Dri Archer joins Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch as MAC players whose schools are making a Heisman push for their stars.
“When you think about the Heisman and the best college football player, it should be someone who is exciting,” said Kent State coach Paul Haynes in a release. “When you look at how electric he is and the plays that he made, he's a natural fit. He's one of those players where every time he touches the ball he has a chance to make a big play, and I think people are really going to legitimately look at him as a Heisman candidate. Dri is all about doing what's best for the team, but when it comes to catching the attention of fans and media, we want to put him front and center.”
Archer's campaign will include a "Dri4Heisman" website, a Twitter account and a Facebook page. The campaign will also have a digital comic strip called "The Archer."
Archer certainly put up the kind of numbers last season that deserved attention. The diminutive back was the very definition of versatile, as he rushed for 1,429 yards, had 561 receiving yards, covered 591 yards on kick returns, and even threw a 24-yard touchdown. Add it all up and Archer finished the 2012 season with 2,577 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns.
Of course, when it comes to actually winning the Heisman, odds are stacked against Archer being in the MAC. Not only will he need to put up video game numbers, but the Golden Flashes would likely have to go undefeated as well, and even then he probably wouldn't win. Though it may help him get to New York.