Sept. 8, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly (10) passes the ball to running back DJ Foster (8) in the first quarter against Illinois Fighting Illini at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
Last season DJ Foster established himself as one of the top offensive talents in the PAC-12. Whats most impressive about that is that Foster has been playing out of position. He played most of his games last season at slot receiver but this season foster gets to play his natural position, tailback.
DJ Foster will get the start at tailback this season after incumbent starter Marion Grice injured his leg last season and he is hyped about the opportunity.
"“I enjoy playing receiver, but there’s just something that when I get hit at running back, I get in my zone,” Foster said. “When I don’t get hit for so long, it’s hard for me to get into my rhythm and get my adrenaline going at receiver. I can play it, but when I get hit that’s when I get into my rhythm.”"
Foster is most comfortable at running back and showed just how effective he can be out of the backfield in the final three games of the 2013 regular season. That three game stretch was highlighted by a 124 yard performance against rival Arizona.
Although there is a ton of anticipation surrounding Foster’s start in the backfield, expect the Sun Devils junior running back to get touches in the passing game as well. Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has vowed to use DJ foster all over the field.
"“He’ll primarily be in the backfield, but I’d be crazy not to use his skills and getting him matched up out on the perimeter,” Norvell said."
It is clear that Foster will be a major part of the offense in 2014. If he can stay healthy the junior running back could get a lot of national attention.