"We see some light at the end of the tunnel, but it's not a train coming at us right now," Archer said. "I think our football team is coming out of spring drills feeling like a 'team'."
Archer made those comments while watching over 100 high school football players work out at a combine at Dunbar High School in Lexington. The UK coaching staff has been hitting the "recruiting trails" hard, because as Archer put it, "this is an important class for us."
He said, "We felt good about last year's class, but this class that's coming in now in about two months, we feel like is going to be even better."
Archer also added, "These players we are looking at today could be the best of all because I think this is the best year in central Kentucky just since I've been back."
College coaches from Louisville, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Miami of Ohio, Ohio University and others also attended the high school combine. Archer says these combines are great because they save a staff a lot of time on the road, because they can see so many kids from different schools at the same time.
"You watch athletic ability. You watch how they move. When they do the bench press, you know how much they are lifting because they put the same weight on, so you can tell how strong a young man is," Archer said. "and you get to 'eyeball' the kids which we think is important because many times a kid will say he is 6'3", and I'm 6'3", and I can walk up close to them to see if he is as tall as I am. You get a pretty good idea of their height."
Archer admitted that these combines can't "make or break" somebody. He said, "There are a lot of guys who have been 'workout wonders' that can't 'play dead'. There are a lot of guys playing in the NFL that didn't test out great, yet played in the NFL for 9-10 years. Other guys that test out great get drafted in the first or second round and then don't play. It's a little bit of a crap shoot."
Like all coaches, Archer said the UK staff will evaluate all of the players and then watch them on tape and watch them play on Friday nights this fall.