Given the stable of running backs that currently occupy the backfield for the Arizona State Sun Devils, cracking the rotation isn’t the easiest thing to do. Just ask Deantre Lewis.
Lewis is, or was at this point, a red shirt sophomore running back for the Sun Devils. But with a crowded backfield, he may be taking his talents to the other side of the ball. The plan is to now try Lewis out in the secondary.
The journey back to the field is one that is well-documented for Deantre Lewis. An injury sustained in a shooting forced him to redshirt last season and destroyed any momentum he had built up as a playmaker in this offense. With the new regime in place, Lewis is getting a chance to get back into the game, just in a different spot.
In 2010, Lewis carried the ball over 90 times for 539 yards, as well as four touchdowns. He also contributed to the passing game, hauling in 23 passes that year.
With Cameron Marshall and D.J. Foster, among others, in front of him on offense, Lewis is excited to get a look on the defensive side of the ball. Todd Graham wants to build up the depth in the secondary, and working Lewis into the fold is a step in the right direction.
It really remains to be seen how well he’ll perform on defense, or how the team will even use him. If it’s specific packages, then we could still see him grab some carries in the offensive end. But how much action he sees in the secondary is really going to depend on how he adjusts to the new spot.
That will be something to watch, especially as the opponents begin to get tougher for the Sun Devils.