40 touchdowns ranks second among Kent State's career leaders... 4,980 all-purpose yards ranks third among Kent State's career leaders... Tied for ninth place in career rushing touchdowns with 24... 12 receiving touchdowns rank sixth among Kent State's career leaders... First player in program history named to Walter Camp All-America Team (2012).
Named to All-MAC Third Team as both a wide receiver and a kick returner... Averaged 7.8 yards per carry... Led team in scoring with 66 points and 11 total touchdowns. Tied for team lead in rushing touchdowns (6)... Led team with 982 all-purpose yards... Rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns in win at Ohio. Also caught five passes for 53 yards, giving him 191 yards of total offense... Scored on a 20 yard touchdown run in the victory over Miami, this was his eighth rushing touchdown this season... Rushed 10 times for 115 yards, including a 74 yard touchdown run as well as a 73 yard touchdown catch in the loss at South Alabama. Archer accumulated 199 yards of total offense and 227 all-purpose yards... Caught a 14 yard touchdown pass during the loss to Ball State... Caught a 66 yard touchdown pass as well as returning a kick 100 yards for a touchdown (tying Norman Warren in 1979 for longest in school history) during the loss to Northern Illinois... Caught a 31 yard touchdown pass during the win at Western Michigan... Named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown against Northern Illinois... Voted offensive captain by teammates... Honored by Columbus Touchdown Club as 2013 Player to Watch.
Named to Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, Sporting News & Phil Steele All-America Teams... Set a single-season record at Kent State for touchdowns with 23, which led the MAC... Named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and All-MAC First Team as both a running back and kick returner... One of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, honoring nation's most versatile player... Finished the year with 1,429 rushing yards (third most in a season at KSU) on just 159 carries with 16 rushing touchdowns... Named Dapper Dan Club of Akron's Co-Sports Person of the Year... Led the team with 39 catches for 561 yards and four touchdowns... Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 36.9 yards on 16 kick returns (highest in MAC history)... Named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll three times throughout the season... Earned Joe Fogg Award, honoring national collegiate player of the year in the Midwest... Named MAC East Player of the Week for his Nov. 17 performance against Bowling Green after rushing 17 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns that both went for over 70 yards in the 31-24 victory Nov. 17 over Bowling Green, the 241 yards broke a Doyt Perry Stadium record.Named to College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention four times this season, three as an All-Purpose Performer and once as a Kick Returner... Named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for his Oct. 13 performance against Army and MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week twice for his performances Aug. 30 against Towson and Sep. 29 against Ball State... Named to Phil Steele's postseason First Team All-MAC squad as a Kick Returner as well as Second Team Running Back... Had nine runs of over 40 yards during the season... Rushed 11 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass in the 48-32 victory Nov. 10 over Miami, it was Archer's fourth time he has scored three touchdowns in a game... Nominated for Doak Walker Award, honoring the nation's best running back... Rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown in the 35-24 victory Nov. 3 over Akron.... Rushed 12 times for a career high 222 yards, including an 87 yard touchdown run, along with his first career touchdown pass, a 24 yard strike to quarterback Spencer Keith during the 31-17 victory at Army... Scored touchdowns three diffferent ways with a 64-yard run, 98-yard kick return (Rynearson Stadium record) and a five-yard catch in a 41-14 victoryEastern Michigan.... Rushed eight times for 72 yards and caught three passes for a career high 104 yards and two touchdowns in the 45-43 victory over Ball State... Recorded the second longest kick return in program history going 99 yards for a touchdown in win over Ball State and set career high in all-purpose yards with 350... Gained 115 total yards and rushed for a touchdown in the 35-23 victory Oct. 27 at Rutgers... Accumulated 115 total yards to go along with two touchdowns in the 41-24 victory Oct. 20 over Western Michigan.
Ran for 140 yards on 40 carries... Made 16 catches for 75 yards... Returned 22 kickoffs for 451 yards... Caught a 32-yard touchdown pass at Boston College... Scored his first rushing touchdown on a 16-yard run against Ball State on Oct. 30... Had a season-long 39-yard kick return at Miami.
Finished fourth on the team with 743 all-purpose yards... Was second on the squad with 246 rushing yards on 58 carries (4.2 ypc)... Also had 19 grabs for 231 yards... Posted four total touchdowns (3 receiving, 1 rushing)... Led the team with a 24.2 yard average on 11 kick returns... Scored first career touchdown on 44-yard grab against Iowa State Sept. 19... Made eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown at Akron Nov. 7... Had a career-high 93 yards rushing on just 10 carries against Buffalo Nov. 27... Played in 11 games and was one of nine true freshmen to letter.
Was team MVP, first team all-area and a second team all-conference pick his senior year at Venice High School... Rushed for 1,482 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 145 carries (10.2 ypc), while adding 21 receptions for 402 yards and five scores... Helped lead team to back-to-back district titles and an undefeated 2008 regular season... Also returned kicks for the Indians, averaging 22.3 yards on both kickoffs and punts... Returned one punt for a touchdown... Also lettered in track and baseball... Finished second in 100-meter final of state track meet in his first full season of running (ahead of third place Denard Robinson)... Coached by John Peacock.
Born Aug. 9, 1991... Son of Valerie Hart... Has two brothers, Aaron and Derek... Majoring in business management... First name is pronounced DREE.
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Round 3/97 -- Dri Archer, RB/WR, 5-8, 173, Kent State...Offensive coordinator Todd Haley always has a small, quick, do-it-all back for a change of pace and to add some intrigue to his unit. Archer's announced 40-yard time at the combine was 4.26 seconds, but one official timer had him at 4.16, the fastest clocking at the combine this century by any method of timing. The Steelers plan to use him all over the place, including on kick returns. - The Sports Xchange