Dri Archer had until Tuesday to make a decision as to whether he would return to Kent State for his senior season or declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
But the versatile 5-foot-8, 175-pound Archer wasted little time once he made up his mind. About 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, he announced on Twitter that he was staying.
“The decision has been made 2013 I will be in a Kent State uniform for my senior season,” he posted on an Instagram picture he tweeted out to his followers. “A choice had to be made and I know this is a great choice I am making my comin [sic] back to school with that bein [sic] said I am going to work/train harder than I ever have before to make this last go around the best time of my life believe that! I got some things to accomplish before I leave we bout [sic] to win this MAC CHAMPIONSHIP and the bowl game. #Blessed and oh yeah #Heisman2013.”
Archer compiled a single-season school-record 23 touchdowns and had nearly 2,500 all-purpose yards in the regular season to help the Flashes (11-3) to their best season in program history.
Kent State (8-0 in the MAC) had its luck run out in the postseason. First, the Flashes fell to Northern Illinois in double overtime in the MAC Championship at Ford Field in Detroit. Then, on Jan. 6, KSU lost 17-13 to Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. — KSU’s first bowl appearance in 40 years.
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