It’s been a long road to recovery for Deantre Lewis after a once seemingly limitless career was nearly derailed by a random shooting incident. Now, more than two years later and once again back in his natural position in the ASU backfield, Lewis looks to regain his freshman form and give the Sun Devils one of the Pac-12’s most dynamic running back trios in 2013.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State running backs coach Larry Porter joked over the summer that by the end of spring practice, he had finally convinced running back Deantre Lewis his leg wouldn't fall off as he returned from a gunshot injury.
Porter might have been joking, but the sentiment was real.
The ASU coaching staff pushed Lewis in the spring and is seeing much greater confidence...
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In his best moments, Deantre Lewis reads the defense and reacts. Instinct takes over. There is no time for thought.
In his lesser moments, the past creeps in and the Arizona State running back reaches for the spot where the bullet entered his leg.
"Thats something I dont want to do," Lewis said, "but I still I have to work on that."
It was just fourteen months ago that Deantre Lewis was hit by a stray bullet while visiting the home of a family member in Riverside, Calif., changing his life forever and nearly derailing his once promising, young football career at Arizona State.