Kent State's Dri Archer named finalist for Paul Hornung Award

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Record-Courier staff report

LOUISVILLE -- By compiling nearly 2,500 all-purpose yards throughout the 2012 season, Kent State junior speedster Dri Archer made a name for himself as one of the most electrifying players in all of college football.

As the only player in the country with passing, rushing, receive and return touchdowns, his great season has not gone unnoticed by the national media.

On Thursday, Archer was named a Walter Camp All-American and on Friday he was recognized as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award.

The Hornung award is presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Joining Archer as finalists were Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky), Tavon Austin (West Virginia) and Marqise Lee (USC). The group was selected by a vote of 16 elite media members and football personalities, as well as an online fan vote.

Archer helped lead Kent State to an 11-1 record in the regular season. Archer has 150 carries for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns, 35 receptions for 539 yards and four touchdowns, 15 kickoff returns for 573 yards and three touchdowns, while also throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass.

He piled up 38.2 yards per kick return, 15.4 yards per reception and 9.0 yards per rushing attempt. Archer is the only player in the nation with more than 1,300 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. Only three players in the nation have scored more touchdowns than Archer's 22 this season.

Thursday, Archer became Kent State's first-ever Walter Camp All-American, the nation's oldest organization for such an honor and was the only Mid-American Conference player selected to the team this year -- this coming just one week after being named the MAC's Special Teams Player of the Year. 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.

The Golden Flashes will face Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. The game is set for a 9 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN.

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