GoBearkats.com presents the fifth in a series of question and answer sessions with Sam Houston’s football coaching staff.
Today’s interview features wide receivers coach Terence Archer. In his first season in Huntsville during the 2014 championship season, Archer tutored a receiving corps that helped the Bearkat offense rank among the top 25 in the country in scoring offense and total offense.
Prior to joining the Sam Houston staff, Archer served six seasons as an assistant coach at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey and three years at LaSalle.
Question: You lived your whole life on the East Coast. How is Texas treating you?
Archer: Living in Texas has been great for my family and me. We have met a lot of wonderful people. The opportunity to coach at Sam Houston, with such a winning tradition, was one I was fortunate to receive. It has been awesome to recruit in the state of Texas, with the best high school football in the country. It is something I’ve really enjoyed.
Question: What do you look for when you are recruiting or evaluating a receiver?
Archer: We are looking for a good all-around player -- a guy who has good speed, good change of direction, good body control. At the end of the day, we want someone who can make plays and help us win ball games. Whether that’s with the ball in his hands, stretching the field with speed or a bigger guy who is a size mismatch, we’re looking for players who can score points and help us win games.
Question: What are your thoughts on the 2015 SHSU receiver corps?
Archer: We should have one of the best FCS receiving corps in the country. We return nearly everyone who played for us last year. With guys on the outside like LaDarius Brown, Derek Edwards and Chance Nelson, we feel very good about our wideout position. In the slot, we have Yetti Louis, who caught more than 70 balls last year, and Gerald Thomas, who had a productive 2015 season. Plus, we expect Stephen Williams and Josh Reynolds returning as significant contributors. We point with pride to Josh Reynolds who has a career 4.0 GPA at Sam Houston. I feel very confident and the expectations are very high, so I’m pumped.
Question: What is your favorite moment as a Bearkat?
Archer: Our playoff win at Villanova to send us to the national semi-finals. To go back to the Philadelphia area where I grew up and beat a great program like Villanova at home in front of an incredible Bearkat crowd that was filled with family and friends - that was a great feeling. I know it meant a lot to Coach Keeler to get that win.
Question: Ever since Coach Keeler took over last year a big emphasis was placed on community service, how have the receivers and you given back?
Archer: We made a number of visits to Stewart Elementary School to read and work with the students over there and our players loved it. We know those young students look up to our players and it is very important we set a good example.
Question: Who is the best receiver you ever coached?
Archer: Neal Sterling, who I coached for four years at Monmouth University and who was just drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s an outstanding player with an incredible work ethic, and he will do a great job at the next level.
Question: What drives you, year after year?
Archer: The satisfaction in seeing our players grow up, graduate and start their adult lives. On a team level, the ultimate goal, of course, is to win a national championship. I’m a very competitive person, as are all of the coaches on the staff. Everything we do is focused on being the best FCS program in the country.
Question: You currently have two receivers you coached playing in the NFL. What are the qualities they share?
Archer: Work ethic and self-motivation. Chris Hogan, who currently plays with the Buffalo Bills, and Neal Sterling, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, worked extremely hard, studied the game with intensity and were the first ones in meetings and at practice and the last ones to leave.
Coach Archer and the Bearkat receivers will start preseason camp in early August in preparation for the season opener Saturday, Sept. 5, at Texas Tech.
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