TEMPE, Ariz. -- With a few different twists and turns, Arizona State freshman running back D.J. Foster might have lined up on the other side last Saturday in Berkeley, sporting the navy blue and gold of University of California.
Or he might have not lined up at all.
More than once ready to quit football altogether, Foster navigated a long, trying road to end up at ASU. There he is already thriving more than anyone could have predicted, the local product who passed over more prestigious offers and stability to stay close to home and make his family proud.
"In the back of my head the whole time, I just wanted to stay home," Foster said. "I just wanted to stay here really bad, and I kept on thinking through the whole process, 'Do I really want to leave?' "
Obviously, he did not. Now, five games into his college career, he leads the Sun Devils with 208 rushing yards and ranks third with 14 receptions for 226 yards.
In the three years of heartbreak and triumph that preceded his arri...