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Shock add QB

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11/10/2010 9:40 AM -
The Spokane Shock announced today that QB RJ Archer has been added to the 2011 roster.
A two-sport athlete (football and baseball) at the College of William & Mary, Archer completed 290/490 pass attempts for 3,190 yards with 19 touchdowns and ten interceptions.  Most recently, Archer was signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Minnesota Vikings.
As a senior, Archer, 6-2 220, received All-Conference honors in only his first season as the starting quarterback. In his first two seasons with the Tribe, the athletic Archer was used as a wide receiver and recording 69 receptions for 940 yards and one touchdown. As a QB, one of Archer’s best collegiate performances came against second-ranked Villanova when he threw for 354 yards and tied a single-game school record with 35 completions.
“RJ has a strong arm and he is very athletic,” Head Coach Rob Keefe said. “Under Coach Biletnikoff’s tutelage, I really think RJ can be a successful QB in this league.”
For Archer, the biggest adjustment from the college game to the professional game is how a quarterback reads the defense.
“The linebackers in the NFL are the same speed as the defensive backs are in college. Everyone is just that much faster in the NFL,” Archer explained. “The main thing I worked on with the Vikings was making quick reads of the defense and using my eyes to move people around a lot more.”
Ultimately, Archer said that his goal is to return to the NFL and he feels that Spokane is the best route to reach it.
“I watched some games myself on the NFL Network and the exposure you can get from playing with a team like the Shock will help,” Archer said. “Hopefully, I will be able to catch someone’s eye and at the end of the day, that’s all you can really ask for. “



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