Dri Archer Interview
Sr. / Kent State / RB
Updated - 7-12-13
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Dri Archer: I am 5’8, 175 pounds and I run in the low 4.2’s.
Alex Khvatov: When you were coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?
Dri Archer: Northern Illinois, Kent State and I talked to Ball State for a little while. But then their coaches left or got fired.
Alex Khvatov: How did you wind up at Kent State?
Dri Archer: I connected well with the players during my visit. They welcomed me. I enjoyed the coaching staff. I liked where the program was headed.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your junior season at Kent State.
Dri Archer: It was definitely a season to remember. We broke a lot of records as a team. We played for the MAC Championship. We went to a bowl game which is something that we haven’t done in 40 years.
Alex Khvatov: You finished with a 11-3 overall record last year, but lost in the MAC Championship Game to Northern Illinois. How difficult was it to lose that game?
Dri Archer: It was really hard. We came back in that game. But wound up losing in double overtime. We came up short. It hurt us really bad. The team was still thinking about that loss in the bowl game.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Dri Archer: My vision and speed. I am elusive. I make guys miss.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Dri Archer: I am working on running better routes. I need to use my hands more when catching the ball. I am working on getting bigger and quicker. I need to be quicker with my first step.
Alex Khvatov: What makes you such an electrifying return man?
Dri Archer: My blockers do a great job. Guys give me big lanes. They create holes for me. They were great all season.
Alex Khvatov: What did you learn from your former head coach Darrell Hazell?
Dri Archer: He showed us that anything is possible. He came in and changed everything. He wanted to build a great program. He turned this program around. He taught us to give it your all.
Alex Khvatov: What has your new head coach Paul Haynes brought to this team thus far?
Dri Archer: He is a great coach. He brings energy. He is always on the field running around. He has given us extra energy.
Alex Khvatov: What have you learned about your team after the spring?
Dri Archer: We lost key players. We had a great QB. We lost a couple of receivers and three starting offensive linemen. We lost some defensive players. Seniors have to step up. We need to show the way for the younger guys. We should keep things rolling.
Alex Khvatov: What are your team and individual goals for this upcoming senior season?
Dri Archer: Team goal is to go back to the MAC Championship Game. We need to win it this time. We need to get to the bowl game and win it. Individually, I want things to be like last year. I want to get 1,000 plus rushing yards this season. I want to win the offensive player of the year in the MAC.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Dri Archer: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I am from Florida. I live 40 minutes south of Tampa Bay. Tony Dungy was a great coach. I had a chance to meet him. He is a great individual.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Dri Archer: My favorite player right now is Adrian Peterson. My favorite player of all-time was Barry Sanders. I was young when he played, but I caught a few of his games.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait that a RB should have?
Dri Archer: Vision. Without vision, you can’t be a great running back. You have to see the hole.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about college football?
Dri Archer: Playing in front of fans. Week in and week out, you are playing in front of your fans. It is a great experience.
Alex Khvatov: What is your pre-game preparation?
Dri Archer: I listen to music. I get dressed. I get my ankles taped. Then I run around on the field. It is the same every week when I am getting ready for the game.
Alex Khvatov: Which players on your team are ready for a breakout season?
Dri Archer: Both of our freshmen quarterbacks are battling for a starting job right now. Colin Reardon and Nathan Strock should be good. WR Kris White enrolled early. He came in here in January. He should have a great career. He played well in the spring. He has good hands and runs great routes.
Alex Khvatov: What is your definition of a leader?
Dri Archer: Someone you can look up to on and off-the-field. It is someone that can steer the team in the right direction
Alex Khvatov: Can you name one thing that makes you a unique individual?
Dri Archer: My ability to make people miss and break tackles. It is not easy to tackle me.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Dri Archer: I got my boys. I like to chill with them. I am a regular guy. I do regular things.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Dri Archer: Hopefully when it is over, I will coach young athletes.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Dri Archer is….
Dri Archer: On the football field, I am a competitor. I make plays. I love to win. Off-the-field, I am a regular guy. I like to relax and have fun.
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