The Arizona State Sun Devils were able to play their way to a Pac-12 South Division title in 2013 thanks to the big play ability of their offensive attack. They will need to be even better this season as they try to defend their division title. A major key to their offensive attack this fall will be the development of D.J. Foster as the primary back for 2014.
Last season, Foster split time in the backfield with Marion Grice, who was a touchdown scoring machine for Todd Graham out of the backfield. He compiled an impressive statline, averaging a team-high 5.39 yards per carry as he rushed for 501 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns in 2013. This year, he figures to get the lion’s share of the workload and become one of the premier backs in the Pac-12.
Foster already proved that he was a capable receiver out of the backfield last year, finishing second on the team with 63 receptions for 653 yards and four touchdowns. Add in the added opportunities he’ll get as the primary rusher and Foster is primed to become a breakout star in 2014. If he can, he’ll take the Devils over the top in their quest to return to the Pac-12 title game.
Todd Graham has quickly built ASU into a Pac-12 contender during his time in Tempe. With the emergence of Foster as a dynamic playmaker out of the backfield in 2014, Arizona State may be able to finally get over the top and get the Sun Devils all the way to the top of the Pac-12 race this season.