The undefeated Scarlet Knights will venture outside the Big East this week to take on an opponent with an unprecedented skill set. While a player like Dri Archer might usually be found in a BCS conference, he’ll be on the Kent State sidelines this weekend.
Archer, the all-purpose star for Kent State, is becoming known around college football as one of the most dynamic players in the country. Considering the mind-boggling, video game statistics he’s put up already this season, it’s safe to say he’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
The following Archer accolades will be cause for concern as Rutgers finishes preparing for Kent State this week:
Kick return average: 47.7, #1 in the nation.
All-purpose yards per game: 212.9, #1 in the nation.
Multi-touchdown games: Four
Yards per carry: 10.1
Plays of 20 yards or more: 24
Plays of 40 yards or more: 10
Simply put, Archer is having one of the most dynamic seasons in college football. While Rutgers boasts a top tier defense, slowing this talent down will be a team wide task, including special teams.
There’s little doubt that Kyle Flood has emphasized Archer’s skill set in practice and meetings this week.
“The things that you would imagine would make him a good kick-returner are also what make him very difficult to tackle in the open field,” Flood said earlier this week. “If he gets through your first line of defense and into the open field, he’s just a dynamic player. He’s a one step change of direction type of runner, and you’d better get him down early because the longer the play goes, the tougher it’s going to be.”