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ASU Football: DJ Foster Makes Hornung Award Watch List

DJ Foster already might be the most intimidating weapon in Arizona State's arsenal and now he's getting recognition as one of the best "Swiss Army Knives" in the nation.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona State football fans learned to appreciate DJ Foster's versatility quickly in his first season in Tempe but now it seems he's finally getting some national love.

Foster was named to the Paul Hornung Award's watch list Friday with the trophy being giving out to the country's most versatile college football player. Foster was one of four sophomores and one of four Pac-12 athletes to make the list, according to Arizona State athletics.

The Saguaro High School product earned freshman All-American honors in his first season with the Sun Devils thanks to his 1,026 all purpose yards and six total touchdowns. Foster's 38 receptions and 533 receiving yards from his first campaign also rank as the second-highest totals in Arizona State history behind Zach Miller's initial season.

The most telling number of Foster's big play potential though is a stat that is kept solely by ASU's high-octane-loving coaching staff. According to Arizona State athletics, the coaches label "explosive plays" as any rush of 12 or more yards and any reception of 16 or more yards. And Foster lead the entire team in that category in his freshman year with 31 total "explosive plays" (18 receiving and 13 rushing).

Past winners of the four-year-old Hornung award include Stanford FB/LB Owen Marecic, Georgia CB Brandon Boykin and West Virginia all-purpose machine Tavon Austin.

Foster is the third ASU athlete to be named to an award watch list for 2013. Kody Koebensky is on the Rimington Award's radar for the nation's top center and Alden Darby made the Lott IMPACT watch list to recognize an athlete's influence on and off the field.