Archer Adjusting to Life as Football Player

Former UK closer and star pitcher Jeff Archer has made the move to the football field this season. <i>Inside Kentucky</i> sat down and chatted with the former flame-thrower recently.

You can search high and low across the beautiful state of Kentucky, but you'd be hardpressed to find a more entertaining character then Kentucky's newest long snapper/punter. And let's face it, how many guys in a life time do you come across that can talk about pitching a 95 mile an hour fast ball in front of 40,000 fans and running out of the tunnel in front of 75,000?

Yet that is exactly what a conversation could entail in the next few months as Pittsburgh native and current son of defensive coordinator Mike Archer, gears for his first season playing collegiate football.

"Its been an adjustment," Archer said. "You go from sitting in the bullpen everyday to a physical contact sport like football."

Once a flame throwing closer for UK's baseball team, Archer made the move to the football team this past year after successfully completing elbow surgery in the spring. The talented dual sport star was Mr. All-American in his high school; garnering first team all conference and first team All-Area accolades as a punter his junior and senior seasons at North Alleghany HS in Pittsburgh (PA). He then concluded with a second team all-state honor his senior season.

"Ever since my dad came back to coach, it's something I wanted to try," the recently turned 22-year old said. "I had some arm problems and felt it was time to give this a shot. It's something I've always dreamed about doing."

"The togetherness is what I love about the football team," Archer said. "Everyone is set on one goal and we are all together in trying to achieve it."

Make no mistake about it, he has no hard feelings for the baseball team.

"I wish them well, I think Coach Cohen is the right man for the job and is going to get the program moving in the right direction. I have no ill feelings towards any of them."

The junior-to-be is listed right now as a punter/long snapper and is currently #2 on the depth chart behind Jason Dickerson. He could be counted on at punter moreso next year with the departure of Anthony Thorton and Sevin Sucurovic.

"Right now, its long snapper and punter, but they also gave me some looks at tight end. Wherever they think I can help the team."

Starter or not: One thing is for sure, he'll have plenty of stories to tell.


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