BGSU football notebook: KSU's Archer day-to-day (9-2-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 02 September 2013 14:00
The status of Kent State’s Dri Archer is uncertain as the Golden Flashes prepare for an early-season Mid-American Conference showdown on Saturday with Bowling Green. Kickoff is at noon in KSU’s Dix Stadium.
The top running back in the MAC, Archer was knocked out of the Golden Flashes’ opening game against Liberty on Thursday with ah ankle injury.
Archer was on the sideline with a protective boot on his left foot during the second half of the game. He had three carries for 10 yards against Liberty, as Kent State won 17-10.
Archer ran for 1,429 yards and averaged 9.0 yards per carry last season. Archer had a hand in 24 touchdowns in 2012, including 16 rushing scores.
‘‘Everyone knows that Dri is an exciting player, and a good player,’’ Paul Haynes, KSU’s head coach, said Monday, adding that Archer was day-to-day for Saturday’s game.
‘‘The next guy has got to come up if he (Archer) is not out there. They have to step up, and they have got to play,’’ Haynes added. ‘‘Our offense was never focused around one person, although that person is very important to it. But we’ll see, and we’ll come up with the best game plan that we possibly can.’’
Last season, Kent State beat Bowling Green, 31-24, as Archer rushed 17 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns.
Traylon Durham is an experienced ball-carrier, and he will get more carries if Archer is unavailable. Durham had 21 carries for 92 yards against Liberty. Durham rushed for 1,316 yards and 14 touchdowns a year ago.
EARLY: Saturday’s contest is the first game of the season between MAC teams, and there is not another game between conference foes until Sept. 21.
‘‘It’s a big game,’’ said BG head coach Dave Clawson. ‘‘In this league, the second you lose one conference game, you’re counting on help. So it’s a very big game for both teams that have goals of winning a championship.’’
Haynes said the early game is a challenge.
‘‘There are a lot of challenges that we have to make sure that we do a good job of managing, and control only the things that we can control,’’ Haynes said. ‘‘This is what it’s about: to see how good you are, to see how good you are early.’’
TIES: Brian Rock, a graduate of Bowling Green High School and BGSU, is in his third season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kent State. He has also coached at St. Joseph’s (Ind.), Western Michigan and Purdue.
Dave McMichael, who played at BGSU from 1970-73, is the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach for the Golden Flashes. McMichael has been a college coach for 38 years, including 18 years at West Virginia under Don Nehlen. Nehlen was McMichael’s head coach at BGSU.
AWARDS: Bowling Green’s Ryan Burbrink and William Houston both picked up awards for their efforts in the Falcons’ 34-7 win over Tulsa Thursday.
A redshirt sophomore, Burbrink was named the College Football Performance Awards national punt returner of the week. Burbrink had 76 punt return yards, including a 67-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Burbrink was also the MAC East special teams player of the week.
Houston, a freshman playing in his first game, was the MAC East offensive player of the week.
Houston scored three second-half touchdowns, all from 1-yard out. In all, he carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards, picking up two first downs to go with the three scores.
TV: Saturday’s BG-Kent State game is an ESPN Regional game and will be shown on WTVG, channel 13 in Toledo. It will also be available on ESPN Plus, ESPN Game Plan, ESPN3, and Watch ESPN.
Michael Reghi and Doug Graber will call the action.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:38

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