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Archer Right On Target In Career Finale

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It wasn't as if Dri Archer didn't have anywhere to go.

After a breakout season in 2012 -- when he racked up more than 2,600 all-purpose yards and scored 23 touchdowns -- the Kent State running back was told that he could expect to go as high as the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. That had to sound pretty good to Archer. After all, only seven players in Kent State history had ever been taken in the first three rounds.

But Archer wasn't finished with the college game. He had been limited by injuries in the 2012 MAC championship game, which the Golden Flashes lost to BCS buster Northern Illinois in double OT. He was hampered again in Kent State's first bowl appearance in 40 years, a 17-13 loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

And so he felt compelled to come back to Kent State, with the expressed purpose of writing a better ending in his final season.

Archer got to end on the high note he'd been hoping for -- a 44-13 shellacking of Ohio, during which Archer rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns. But the beginning and middle portions of the storybook season were not what Archer had envisioned. 

Again, injuries kept Archer from doing what he'd hoped to do. Seven games into Kent State's 2013 season, Archer had missed two full games and most of two others. He had only 19 carries and 13 catches. He'd gained only 251 total yards. A year earlier, Archer gained more than 200 yards in three separate games.

It was getting to the point where NFL scouts must have wondered whether Archer would ever return to the promise he flashed in 2012.

Then came the Ohio game. As I discuss in the above video segment, Archer saved the best of his senior season for last.