TEMPE, Ariz. -- The book appears to be out on Arizona State's offense.
For the last two weeks, ASU has struggled to establish tempo and rhythm. That's a product of good defenses but also of teams keying on top playmakers, including standout freshman running back D.J. Foster.
After getting just seven touches in ASU's loss to Oregon State on Nov. 3, Foster had a season-low five touches in the team's loss to USC last Saturday. Foster totaled 168 yards against UCLA on Oct. 27 but just 31 against Oregon State and 10 against USC. Compounding the issues is additional focus from opponents on running back Marion Grice.
"Towards the end of the season, (teams) see that we're leading in catches and stuff, so they're definitely catching on," Foster said. "It gets frustrating but you just have to stay focused, and we've just got to find a way to get it done."
As hard as it may be, Foster said he's remaining patient amid the decreased production with the guidance of running backs coach Larry P...