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Arizona State football: DJ Foster breaking out as a freshman

Freshman running back DJ Foster is having a great season for Arizona State.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona State offense has been explosive this season, averaging 38.4 points and 477.1 yards per game. Those numbers rank third and fourth in the Pac 12, respectively. A major reason for the Sun Devils' offensive success has been freshman running back DJ Foster.

Foster has seen time in the Arizona State backfield and at slot receiver this season, and he has been a threat from both positions. As House of Sparky points out, his raw talent has quickly made Foster one of the Pac 12's best players:

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound running back has been ASU's top weapon thanks to his game-breaking speed, agility and versatility. Playing from the backfield and as a slot receiver, Foster has quickly overtaken Marshall as the go-to threat, and eight games into his collegiate career stands as one of the best players -- not just freshmen -- in the conference.

Foster has been a headache for opposing defenses this year, averaging 103.1 total yards per game and compiling six touchdowns. When taking handoffs, he's gaining 5.5 yards per carry, and as a receiver, Foster is picking up 15.7 yards per catch. Overall, he averages 8.6 yards per touch, an outstanding number for any player, much less a freshman.

Arizona State (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) travels to Corvallis, Ore., to face the Oregon State Beavers (6-2, 4-1) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.