Update on ASU's Deantre Lewis

More than a few of you have inquired about the status of Arizona State running back Deantre Lewis, who was the victim of a random shooting in his hometown of Riverside, Calif., on Feb. 12.

There appeared to be some concern whether Lewis, who rushed for 539 yards and four touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman last fall, would return to the team.

Here's a quote from coach Dennis Erickson, supplied by Arizona State, in advance of spring practices:

“Well, this time yesterday [Lewis] was out running, doing some stuff. Our trainers feel like he'll be ready for spring football. His health is fine. It's just a mentally scary thing for a guy. He's fortunate, being shot is bad enough, but he knows that it could have been a lot worse.”

Lewis was shot in his buttocks but there was no muscle damage, so his injury isn't something that should limit his running ability in any way.

So unless Lewis has a change of heart for some reason, it appears that he's on track to share carries this spring -- and next fall -- with Cameron Marshall.