Arizona State is a talented team that has seemed to have a dark cloud over it since spring practices, at least as far as injuries are concerned.
Score one for a ray of Sun Devil sunshine: Sophomore running back Deantre Lewis, whose season was in doubt because of lingering issues from a gunshot wound suffered during a random shooting, is back with the team and will not redshirt this season.
It's not clear when Lewis will return -- the wound near his buttocks has given him hamstring trouble -- but he told the Arizona Republic he was around "85-90 percent."
Lewis is the scatback counterpunch when paired with the physical starter Cameron Marshall. Marshall rushed for 787 yards last year, while Lewis chipped in 539.
The Sun Devils don't figure to need Lewis in the opener against UC Davis on Sept. 1, but he would be a valuable presence against Missouri on Sept. 9, though that might be pushing things.
Still, after seeing a number of key players go down to injury, it's nice for the Sun Devils to see one get back up.