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ASU's Deantre Lewis returns to running back

After moving to the defensive side of the ball earlier in the year, the ASU Sun Devils' Deantre Lewis is heading back to running back.

Jonathan Daniel

Arizona State Sun Devil Deantre Lewis is heading back to offense after serving as an emergency safety for part of this season. ASU head coach Todd Graham told ArizonaSports.com that the switch to defensive back didn't turn out well for Lewis, a redshirt sophomore.

"We tried to move him over to DB and I think it's been very tough from a learning standpoint for him," Graham said. "He kind of was excited about it for a couple weeks, then he got kind of confused and kind of hit a wall, so we're going to probably move him back and get him going, working at tailback."

Lewis played sparingly on defense this season recording four tackles, but ArizonaSports.com reports that he wasn't part of the travel team for ASU's game against the USC Trojans on Saturday.

The move could suit Lewis well. The 5'10, 193-pound back showed signs of greatness in his freshman season of 2010, rushing 92 times for 539 yards as a backup to then-starter Cameron Marshall. Lewis also caught 23 passes for 370 yards as a freshman.

Lewis was a victim of a shooting before the 2011 season, and he redshirted while recovering from the injuries.

He played in the first game of the 2012 season at running back and took four carries for 12 yards before moving to the defensive side of the ball because of depth problems.