Junior kick returner Dri Archer was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams Player of the Week Monday following his three-touchdown performance in the Golden Flashes 41-21 victory over Towson.
Competing in his first game since the 2010 season, Archer was also named National Kickoff Returner of the Week and earned All-Purpose Performer honorable mention by College Football Performance Awards.
Against Towson, Archer returned the opening kickoff 57 yards to lead to a the Flashes first touchdown drive. In the second quarter, he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give the Flashes a 24-7 lead.
Along with the two kick returns for 155 yards, Archer ran the ball eight times for 54 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Kent State player to score three times in a game since Julian Edelman in 2008.
* Also gaining recognition from College Football Performance Awards was junior defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix, who claimed honorable mention for Defensive Lineman of the Week.
* KSU (1-0) returns to action Saturday when the Flashes travel to Kentucky (0-1) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.