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ASU Football: D.J. Foster will stay for senior season

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...and many are glad he did

Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports

A familiar face will remain in the backfield for one more season. D.J. Foster is keeping his talents in Tempe another year, announcing his decision to remain at ASU during a press conference Tuesday.

Foster finished his 2014 campaign with 1,122 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. He was also second on the team in receiving, hauling in 62 catches for 688 yards and three touchdowns. 2015 will be Foster's second season as the premier running back under Todd Graham after backing up Marion Grice in 2013.

The quarterback will certainly be different next season, but the Scottsdale native will continue to provide versatility and make the backfield an area of strength for the Sun Devils. His choice to remain in school also means the one-two punch of Foster and Demario Richard at running back will remain in tact. What happens next year, however, is still up in the air. Richard proved himself as a back so Foster could see more of a slot receiver role next season with Kalen Ballage also in the fold. Foster's skills could translate better as a slot receiver at the next level.

Some of Foster's better games in 2014 include three touchdown efforts against Weber State and Washington State. Foster reached the century mark in all-purpose yards in eight of 13 games for the Sun Devils this season. He now has 2,075 rushing yards on 389 attempts with 17 touchdowns and 1,874 yards receiving on 163 receptions with 11 touchdowns in his career.

His 163 receptions in his career is fifth-most in ASU's history. Foster is also the third player in school history to have back-to-back seasons of over 60 catches. He follows in the footsteps of former Sun Devil Will Sutton in deciding to remain at ASU for his senior year instead of going to the NFL Draft.