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Ex-Kent State football star Dri Archer to participate in NFL Combine

Record-Courier staff report Published: February 14, 2014 4:00 AM
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Record-Courier staff report

Recent Kent State graduate Dri Archer has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, set for Feb. 22-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Archer is currently training in his home state of Florida, preparing to chase Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record of 4.24 seconds at the combine.

Archer considered making himself available for the NFL Draft after a breakout junior season in 2012, when he set Kent State's single-season record for touchdowns with 23 (16 rushing, 4 receiving, 3 kick returns). His 9.0 yards per carry and 36.9 yards per kick return averages both led the nation, as Archer was named a consensus All-American.

Archer decided to return for his senior season, but was hampered for several weeks by an ankle injury sustained in the 2013 season opener. He still managed to average 7.8 yards per carry and lead the Golden Flashes with 11 touchdowns.

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Archer is the second Kent State player in as many seasons to be invited to the NFL Combine. Last year, offensive lineman Brian Winters (Hudson) was in Indianapolis before being drafted by the New York Jets in the third round.

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