When running back Dri Archer injured his left ankle on a wildcat play during Kent State's opening drive of the season in the Golden Flashes 17-10 victory over over Liberty University Thursday, one could just about hear the air go out of Dix Stadium.
Archer, who is being touted by Kent State as a Heisman Trophy candidate, spent the second half of the season watching from the sideline with his left foot encased in the dreaded walking boot.
But during Monday's weekly football news conference at the Water Street Tavern, Flashes coach Paul Haynes put the wind back in the sails of KSU fans when he said Archer just "twisted" the ankle and has already shed the protective foot wear.
"Dri's day-to-day right now," Haynes said, noting he won't known Archer's status for Saturday's tough ,match up against visiting Bowling Green until later in the week.
However, College Football Talk quoted an unidentified a "Kent State athletics official" Fridaysaying Archer "plans on playing versus Bowling Green."
Archer lines up for the Flashes at running back, receiver, kick returner and this season, punt returner as well. Last season the senior rushed for 1,429 yards, recorded a school-record 23 touchdowns and led the nation with 9.0 yards per carry.