One of the most promising developments during spring football was the return to action by Deantre Lewis. The running back missed all of 2011 after suffering a gunshot wound last February, and his recovery has been slow.
While he's not yet back to 100%, Lewis was able to contribute and see action throughout spring. When healthy, Lewis is a dynamic threat in both the run and passing games, using his extraordinary speed and explosiveness to be a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
Lewis wasted no time in showing off his skills. In the 2010 season opener, ASU faced off against Portland State, and Lewis had a memorable collegiate debut, that we'll relive thanks to JediASU.
Early in the second quarter, the Sun Devils held a 16-6 lead on the Vikings after a PSU field goal.. It was time to blow this game open for the Sun Devils. Four plays later, ASU was at the Portland State 28, and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone called up his favorite play--a swing pass.
Portland State got the ball to open the second half and was forced to punt. ASU took over at their 38-yard line and since it worked before, let's try the swing pass again...
Early in the fourth quarter, ASU led 44-9 and was running out the clock. Yet, the Vikings could not stop the Sun Devil reserves. A 14-play drive by the Sun Devils ended with this...
Lewis completed the hat trick. In his first game, he caught three passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 24 yards and that final score. He'd later post 100-yard rushing games against Wisconsin, Oregon, and Oregon State and another 100-yard receiving game against UCLA. If he can reach anywhere near the form he showed in 2010, ASU will have a potent weapon to unleash in the "high octane" offense.
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