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Kent State starting redshirt junior C Jason Bitsko died unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Obviously this is terrible news. Bitsko was found unresponsive in his apartment and the cause of death is not known. He started 12 games at right tackle in 2013. Our condolences go out to Bitsko's family and the Kent State program. The center's last tweet read: "There are 86,400 seconds in a day. Make sure you use one of those to thank god for everything you have."
Aug 20 - 1:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Kent State FB Tayion Durham is "a force between the tackles."

Dri Archer provided the electricity last year, and Durham acted as the hammer. The 6-foot, 248-pounder has "deceiving quicks," according to Brugler. Running a 4.76 forty, Durham led the Golden Flash in rushing last year with 766 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and six touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 21 - 9:29 PM

Kent State redshirt junior NT Nate Terhune was named to Bruce Feldman's "All-Freak" team because he needed only four weeks to return to the field last year after breaking his fibula.

Not only that, but the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Terhune had a 61-yard fake punt touchdown run the month after his return. "We sum up all of the three numbers for a total score, and on average guys that play his position are normally in the low 20's (the lower the score the better), which is OK," Kent strength and conditioning coach Antoine Sharp said. "But Terhune's flexibility score was a 6.5, which is off the charts and the only position group to be close to him are the kickers. His exceptional flexibility and work ethic are the reasons why he was so resilient and returned so fast from that injury. If he was not as flexible as he is, there is no way he would have been able to make that exceptional hurdle play." Terhune finished second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss despite starting just six games. He has the frame to gain weight, and will have to do so if he wants to attract the NFL's attention. He certainly has pro toughness.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 7:46 PM

Steelers selected Kent State RB/WR Dri Archer with the No. 97 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Archer (5-foot-7 3/4, 173) was an all-purpose weapon for the Golden Flashes, amassing 1,956 yards and 22 touchdowns on 227 carries (8.62 YPC) over his final two seasons, to go with 99 college catches. Including four on kick returns, Archer accounted for 40 career TDs. His 4.26 forty was the fastest at the 2014 Combine, and just .02 off Chris Johnson's record. Unfortunately, Archer will be a 23-year-old rookie and has likely maxed out physically. He'll probably always be below 180 pounds. Archer offers gadget and "package" potential. The Steelers failed when picking Chris Rainey, and this is another shot in finding a similar player.
May 9 - 11:16 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Kent State OW Dri Archer could go as high as Round 3.

"At just 5-8, 173, you expect Archer to be fast -- and he is. He ran a blazing 4.26 40 and put up a 38-inch vertical, but Archer is also seriously strong. He put up 20 reps at 225 pounds. Think about that total from a player his size," Kiper wrote. He ran that 4.26 forty in 18 steps, tying Calvin Johnson's combine record for fewest needed. Archer's injury-plagued 2013 campaign hurt his draft stock (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 in 2013), but scouts haven't forgotten about him.
May 3 - 12:30 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench is intrigued by Kent State OW Dri Archer, but the evaluator has two major concerns about the speedster.

"Archer is a playmaker not just a track star but fumbles too much and concerned about ability to stay healthy," Weidl tweeted. As mentioned, Archer is a blur on the field. He ran his 4.26 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 18 steps, tying Calvin Johnson's NFL Combine record for fewest needed; Johnson is nine inches taller. Archer's injury-plagued 2013 campaign hurt his draft stock (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 in 2013), but you can't teach the speed he was born with.
Mar 31 - 11:02 PM

Dri Archer ran his 4.26 second 40-yard dash in 18 steps, tying Calvin Johnson's NFL Combine record for fewest steps.

If you want to know why scouts describe Archer's speed as "flying," look no further: He's 5-foot-8, while Megatron checks in almost a foot taller at 6-foot-5. While Archer came up a little short in his goal of breaking Chris Johnson's record of a 4.24-second forty, set at the 2008 combine, he did exactly what he needed to do to stabilize his draft stock after suffering through an injury-plagued 2013 campaign (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 last year).
Feb 24 - 6:59 PM

Kent State OW Dri Archer was "one of the most explosive players in the country" when healthy, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Archer's injury-plagued 2013 campaign hurt his draft stock (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 in 2013), but scouts haven't forgotten about him. Archer is one of the few players that could realistically win the 40-yard dash competition at this year's NFL Scouting Combine. Archer beat former Michigan quarterback and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson in the 100-meter final of the Florida high school state track meet; Robinson ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at last year's combine. Archer said this week that his goal is to break Chris Johnson's combine record of a 4.24-second 40-yard time, set at the 2008 combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM

Kent State OW Dri Archer is aiming for the Combine forty record.

"Yes sir -- Chris Johnson ran 4.24 in 2008," Archer told Fox Sports' Zac Jackson. "That's what I've been looking at, what I've been training for. It's definitely in my goals, and I think it can be done." Archer had a disappointing season due to a multitude of injuries, but his 2012 showed explosion and big play ability.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 19 - 10:26 AM

Kent State senior RB/WR Dri Archer has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Archer had a down final season but is a good athlete who creates open space with swift movements. We think his long speed has been a bit overrated, but Archer will be one to watch in Indianapolis.
Jan 9 - 11:30 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer rushed 138 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in the school's 44-13 win over Ohio.

Archer added 53 receiving yards on five catches. We've been waiting for this breakout performance form Archer this season, since he posted multiple last year. The senior has dealt with injuries throughout his final season, but hopefully he turns it up in these final weeks. Archer has always had long speed, but he displayed some tackle breaking ability against Ohio.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown to go along with six carries for 73 rushing yards in a 32-14 win over Western Michigan.

Archer had been bothered by an injured ankle since the season opener, but we are happy to see him return to form. The long 31 yard touchdown saw Archer align in the slot and break on a wheel route outside then win at the catch point. He could draw third- or fourth-round consideration.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer is expected to play against Western Michigan despite a lingering ankle injury.

Archer has been on and off the field since injuring his ankle during the first series of the season opener. He missed the entire Bowling Green contest and was only able to participate on a few plays against LSU. Archer set a school record with 23 touchdowns last season.
Source: MLive
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer (ankle) has essentially been ruled out for Saturday's game against Penn State.

"Dri's probably not going to play, and [senior left guard Pat] McShane's probably not going to play," said Golden Flashes coach Paul Haynes on Wednesday. Archer suffered his left ankle injury in the season opener against Liberty and sat out Week 2 against Bowling Green. McShane has been battling a knee injury from pre-season camp. Haynes is holding out the duo against Penn State in the hopes that they'll be 100-percent for MAC play.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 01:10:00 PM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer (ankle) is doubtful to play against Penn State on Saturday.

Archer sustained his ankle injury in the season opener against Liberty and sat out Week 2 against Bowling Green. Archer started Saturday's game against LSU, but exited after a seven-yard catch in the first quarter and didn't return. "I would probably say, right now, he's doubtful unless he comes in and says, 'Hey, I want to go'," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes. "That's pretty much the way it was last week. If he does that, you still have to make a judgment call on what's best for the team. So we'll see. By (today) or Wednesday, we'll make a definite decision on him. It was good to see him get out there and play (at LSU)." Haynes described the ailment as 'nagging.' "He's a good athlete that needs to run and he can't right now, so he's not feeling comfortable being out there," Haynes said.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 02:15:00 PM


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