Strongest position group: Arizona State

June, 18, 2012
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Every team has a strength -- that one position group that can make a play on offense or make a big stop on defense when needed.

Based on what happened this spring, we're going to look at the strongest position group for each school. It could be on either side of the ball -- and it could be subject to change after fall camp goes into full swing.

We're going in reverse alphabetical order.

Arizona State

Strongest position group: Running back

Headliner: Cameron Marshall (1,050 yards, 4.6 per carry, 18 TDs)

Supporting cast: Jamal Miles (237 yards, 8.2 per carry); James Morrison (11-59); Kyle Middlebrooks (42-150); Deantre Lewis (2010: 539 yards, 5.9 ypc, 4 TDs)

The skinny: Marshall is an NFL prospect, a 223 pounder who is physical and tough and faster than you think. Miles and Middlebrooks are hybrid RB/WR types. Morrison is a physical runner who's been threatening to break through for a couple of years and looked this spring like he was finally ready to really do it. Lewis is a wildcard. He was lightning to Marshall's thunder in 2010 as a true freshman but it remains to be seen if he can get back to 100 percent form after suffering complications from a random gunshot wound that impacted his 2011 season. Further, two incoming running backs arrive with plenty of hype: JC transfer Marion Grice and freshman D.J. Foster. How will the pecking order turn out? That remains to be seen. But running back might be the only position where the Sun Devils have no concerns.

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