Kent State senior speedster Dri Archer is planning to give it a go Saturday night at LSU.
Golden Flashes head coach Paul Haynes said following Wednesday's practice that Archer will return to action against the eighth-ranked Tigers, after missing last Saturday's game against Bowling Green due to a left ankle injury suffered in the first quarter of the season opener against Liberty.
"Dri we'll see out there (on Saturday), and we'll see how long he goes," said Haynes. "He's gonna try to play. How much I don't know, but I know that he wants to play and he's gonna try to go."
Archer injured the ankle on his second carry of the season against the Flames. He came back in for a third rush, then left for good after rushing three times for 10 yards.
While the ankle was not broken, Archer still experienced enough pain and discomfort throughout last week to keep him from taking part in drills heading into the BG game. He was then ruled out hours before kickoff.
Archer has practiced some with the team this week but "not a whole lot," according to Haynes.
"We need him to do a little bit more (today), then we don't do a whole lot on Friday and Saturday morning," said Haynes. "Then we'll get him out there Saturday night."
The Flashes obviously need every weapon in their arsenal to battle the national powerhouse Tigers, especially their only true breakaway threat, who happens to be among the fastest players in the country.
Archer was named to Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, Sporting News & Phil Steele All-America teams last year after setting a single-season record at Kent State for touchdowns with 23. He was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and All-MAC First Team as both a running back and kick returner, finishing with 1,429 rushing yards on just 159 carries (9 yards per carry) and averaging 36.9 yards per kickoff return with three TDs. He also led the team with 39 catches for 561 yards.
The Flashes may or may not have the services of another key performer, starting senior left guard Pat McShane, who returned to action for the first time last week against Bowling Green after suffering a knee injury during practice on Aug. 8.
"With Pat and Dri, really it's the same thing. We want them to play, but we've still gotta be smart about it," said Haynes. "It's still early in the season, and both of those are injuries, that if you keep banging them and messing them up, they'll never get healthy. So really I think both of those guys are gonna try to go, how much I don't know.
"Dri we'll see out there, and we'll see how long he goes. Pat, it'll be a game-time decision on how many reps he gets. Last week we talked about 20-22. It may be a little less this week, if any."
TIGGLE COULD RETURN FOR MAC PLAY
Starting free safety Calvin Tiggle has missed the first two games this season due to a foot injury sustained during Kent State's Jersey Scrimmage on Aug. 17, and is status remains uncertain.
"He goes to the doctor (today) or Friday, and hopefully we'll get a result back on him," said Haynes. "They've gotta do another test. If it (requires surgery), then he's gonna be out (indefinitely). If it doesn't, then we may get him back for the MAC games."
Tiggle started the first six games a year ago before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
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