Among the most electrifying players in the nation, Kent State running back/wide receiver Dri Archer will play against LSU tonight, when kickoff begins at 6 p.m. central time. Archer’s appearance means the game will have two of the biggest home run hitters in the sport playing opposite to one another, with LSU Tigers‘ wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr.
Archer missed the team’s MAC opener against Bowling Green, due to a presumed left ankle injury. He injured his ankle on the team’s first drive of the season. Archer begin the season serving as a slot receiver and his prominent position of running back, which, in many cases, would give Kent State an extra receiver out of the backfield on passing downs. Archer was voted as an unanimous All-American in his junior season as a return specialist, but most would agree that if there was a position as an offensive specialist, he would have fit the mold. Archer did production any of which way, roaming as a running back for 1,429 yards and 16 scores last season, known for his big runs, 10 plays of 40+ yards. Archer led the team in receiving, with four touchdowns on 39 catches for 561 yards.
Beckham Jr., on the other side, looked like an early Heisman candidate, racking up a total of 331 all-purpose yards and four combined touchdowns in his team’s Week 2 56-17 win over UAB; 331 yards came from 136 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and 180 yards from his strong suit of punt and kick returns. This included him taking a missed field goal more than 100 yards, to pay dirt for the final score of the night. Beckham Jr., currently leads the nation with 301 all-purpose yards per game. His 331 total yards last Saturday ranked third most in a game in LSU history.
Just like Beckham Jr., Archer scored touchdowns three different ways in a game last season, with a 64-yard run, 98-yard kick return and a five-yard catch in a 41-14 victory over Eastern Michigan.
Both of the players will bring flash into the matchup tonight, but one question still remains:
Who will outdo the other?