As we’ve documented several times on this site before, Arizona State has suffered numerous injuries that could affect the Sun Devils’ chances at a Pac-12 South title, including the gunshot wound sustained by running back Deantre Lewis.
Lewis, who was accidentally shot in the buttocks back in February, missed all of spring practice, and during Pac-12 Media Day, coach Dennis Erickson cryptically noted that Lewis may not be back for the 2011 season at all.
“(He’s) questionable right now,” Erickson said at the time. “I’m worried that he doesn’t come back too soon. I mean, here’s a young man that gets shot, so he’s going through an emotional thing. And the hamstring was worse than people thought originally.”
Fortunately for ASU, it looks like Lewis is going to try and give it a go this season. The sophomore told the Arizona Republic that he feels 85-90 percent recovered from his injury and doesn’t plan on redshirting this season.
“That 10 percent is my stamina, that’s the only thing I feel like I’m missing right now,” Lewis said. “Other than that, we’ll just take it day by day. I’ll be back very soon.”
Just how soon, though, is still up in the air. Lewis hopes to be practicing in pads some time next week and playing some time in the first month of the season.
Erickson, though, still isn’t ready to rush the recovery process.
“He’s got a chance to play,” Erickson said. “We’ve just got to see how he progresses. I thought he ran OK, but I’m not the doctor. He’s in good spirits. All he did was have a physical so he could come out here and do some stuff.”