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Arizona State converting top back D.J. Foster to wide receiver

Last year D.J. Foster was the leading rusher for Arizona State, this year, they hope he can make the transition to wide receiver to help fill the gap left by star WR Jalen Strong who is off the the NFL.

Foster rushed for 1,078 yards and nine touchdowns on 194 carries in 2014, but he’s no stranger to being an impact player in the passing game. He also racked up 62 receptions for 688 yards and three touchdowns, which was second best on the team behind Strong.

The Sun Devils have a lot of confidence in RB Demario Richard, who as a freshman ran for 478 yards and four touchdowns on 84 carries behind Foster. The receiving corps is light, and with their spread attack they needed to add some talent to the perimeter and figured Foster would be able to make the transition smoothly.

How is that transition going? If their spring game is any indication, it’s going quite well.

With QB Mike Bercovici taking over full time in 2015, they needed someone with speed to open up vertical passes for the rising senior with a cannon. Foster has that speed and at 5-foot-11 isn’t too terribly small. If the Sun Devils want to stay near the top of the Pac-12 South this season, Foster’s being able to have a similar impact at receiver as he had at running back will be a huge factor.

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