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2015 NFL DRAFT

Marion Grice, RB

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
276217-FA
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 6/201 -- Marion Grice, RB, 6-0, 208, Arizona State...Not a back with elite speed, but one that is patient in waiting for his blocks and can hit the hole with quickness. Seems to be a good option on third downs as he has soft hands and is adequate in pass blocking. The end of his season last year was derailed by a leg injury, but according to the Chargers, he's good to go. - The Sports Xchange

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Marion Grice, Sr., Arizona State...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Arizona State football

12/01/2013 - Things are pretty good for Arizona State these days. The Sun Devils are six days away from playing in their first Pac-12 Championship Game; beating Arizona Saturday night means that ASU will host that game rather than traveling to Stanford; and they didn't just "beat" Arizona, they walloped their Territorial Cup archrival 58-21, the Sun Devils' biggest win in the series since 1996. But that's not to say things are perfect. Todd Graham confirmed after the game that all-purpose running back Marion Grice is still struggling with the leg injury he suffered Nov. 23 against UCLA, and is not likely to be available for the championship game.

"It's probably a three-week deal," Graham said, per Fox Sports Arizona. "He'd probably be doubtful. I think I'm safe in saying that. Our deal is we want to go win this thing, and he'll be ready for the next one." Grice spent the Arizona game on the sidelines, wearing crutches and a boot. Graham had been vague with Grice's status leading up to the game, calling it "day to day." D.J. Foster excelled in replacing Grice against the Wildcats, rushing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries and adding 26 receiving yards to boot. But the loss of Grice would still be a major one, as the senior leads the Sun Devils with 996 yards rushing, is the team's third-leading receiver with 438 yards through the air, and leads the entire Pac-12 with 20 touchdowns. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

11/24/2013 - From his shoulder pads to his socks, Taylor Kelly's all-white Arizona State uniform was flecked with verdant stains from the Rose Bowl turf. Kelly could get used to this look. With his impressive first half and his defense's two big late stands against UCLA, the Sun Devils are Pac-12 South champions for the first time. And they'll get to play Stanford for another roll in the Pasadena grass on New Year's Day.

Kelly passed for 225 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards and another score, and No. 19 Arizona State hung on in the fourth quarter to clinch the division title with a 38-33 victory over No. 14 UCLA on Saturday night. Marion Grice had 95 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving for the surging Sun Devils (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12), who will face the vaunted Cardinal in the league title game in two weeks. If Arizona State beats Arizona in the Territorial Cup game next week, the Sun Devils will host Stanford - a possibility almost nobody anticipated just a couple of weeks ago. - AP Sports

10/19/2013 - Taylor Kelly accounted for 352 yards and four touchdowns, Marion Grice scored three times and Arizona State's defense bottled up Washington's Bishop Sankey in a 53-24 win over the 20th-ranked Huskies on Saturday. Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) has struggled against the run the past two seasons and Sankey entered the game as the nation's leading rusher at nearly 150 yards per game.

The Sun Devils flipped the tables with a dominating defensive performance, limiting Sankey to 22 yards on 13 carries while holding the nation's eighth-best offense to 212 total yards. Grice ran for 161 yards and added to his nation-leading scoring total with a spectacular touchdown catch and two more scores on the ground. Kelly threw for 268 yards and two scores and Zane Gonzalez kicked four field goals in Arizona State's eighth straight win over Washington (4-3, 1-3). - AP Sports

10/13/2013 - Taylor Kelly accounted for three touchdowns and Marion Grice ran for two more in a dominating first half, leading Arizona State to a 54-13 rout over listless Colorado on Saturday night. Arizona State (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) wanted to make a statement after a tough stretch in the schedule and did just that, overwhelming the Buffaloes with 25 points in the game's first 11 minutes. Kelly threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns, ran for another score and Grice pushed his nation-leading touchdown total to 15 as the Sun Devils went up 47-6 at halftime.

Colorado (2-3, 0-3) kept it close against Arizona State in Boulder last season before being outscored 31-0 in the second half. The Sun Devils nearly matched that in the first quarter and never let up on the Buffaloes, forcing four turnovers while sending them to their 11th straight Pac-12 loss. - AP Sports

09/29/2013 - Marion Grice scored four touchdowns, two on passes from Taylor Kelly, and Arizona State used consecutive big plays in the third quarter to race past Southern California 62-41 on Saturday night. Arizona State (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) trailed by 1 after USC opened the third quarter with a quick scoring drive. The Sun Devils ran away from the Trojans after that, scoring a pair of touchdowns 47 seconds apart.

Kelly orchestrated the first, hitting D.J. Foster in stride for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Alden Darby was next, stepping in front of a pass by Cody Kessler for a 46-yard interception return that put the Sun Devils up 34-21. Tre Madden and Justin Davis each scored three touchdowns for USC (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12). - AP Sports

09/17/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 3 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: RB Marion Grice, Arizona State...Despite averaging only 3.8 yards per carry on Saturday, Arizona State senior running back Marion Grice had a notable game for the Sun Devils, scoring four rushing touchdowns in the win over Wisconsin. On the cuff, he isn't the most impressive looking prospect with a lean body type and upright running style, but he shows good plant-and-go burst with the patience and instant acceleration to let defenders overpursue before surging for positive yardage.

Grice needs to show more finishing toughness and lacks many distinguishable traits, but he's a talented ballcarrier who is a willing blocker and reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield. He has been a touchdown machine for the Sun Devils and his strong start to the 2013 season will only help his current late round draft grade. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/15/2013 - Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave ran to the left, started to put his knee down and placed the ball on the ground, thinking he had set up the Badgers for a potential game-winning field goal over Arizona State. Instead, he set off a whirlwind of confusion. Marion Grice ran for four touchdowns, but Arizona State's 32-30 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday night will be remembered for Stave's play and the chaos it caused. "I've never seen anything like that in college football, ever," Arizona State cornerback Osahon Irabor said. Nobody has.

Stave and the rest of Wisconsin's players and coaches tried to argue the call, but the officials trotted off the field, leaving the Badgers stunned. Gordon finished with 193 yards on 15 carries. Taylor Kelly hit 29 of 51 passes -- many of those on back-shoulder throws along the sideline -- for 352 yards and a touchdown for the Sun Devils, who are 9-0 all-time against the Big Ten at Sun Devil Stadium. - AP Sports

09/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Marion Grice is expected to be the featured back this season, although D.J. Foster is also going to see plenty of time as an all-around threat. It was Grice who got the bulk of the carries in the opener, rushing 14 times for 59 yards and catching four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He could make a splash nationally if he emerges as the best running back ASU-Wisconsin game. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2013 - Scouting the Arizona State running game: This will be the strength of Arizona State's offense, as it leans on Marion Grice and D.J. Foster, and quarterback Taylor Kelly can make the right reads and effectively tuck the ball, too. ASU averaged 205.4 rushing yards per game last season in coach Todd Graham's "High Octane" offense and should be able to rumble over Sacramento State in the opener. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: RB Marion Grice lived up to his billing last season after transferring from junior college, emerging as the team's leading rusher in a three-man timeshare at tailback. That timeshare could be down to two in 2013. Grice carried 103 times for 679 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing the season strong by being selected the MVP of the Territorial Cup rivalry game against Arizona and the Most Outstanding Player of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP ARIZONA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. RB Marion Grice (6-0, 205, 4.58)...Just as Graham's aggressive, hybrid defensive schemes accentuate Sutton and Bradford, his spread attack's use of motion, deception and traditional downhill running takes advantage of Grice's skill set. Grice is a patient, one-cut runner with the burst to take advantage of a crease. He reads defenders well, showing the vision and toughness to cut back against the grain to elude despite possessing less-than-ideal agility and straight-line speed. As his catch total indicates, Grice is also very good as a receiver, demonstrating good hand-eye coordination as well as some savvy as a route-runner. The presence of exciting sophomore D.J. Foster could keep Grice from significantly improving his production in 2013, but the limited reps could actually help his stock, as Grice's versatility has already caught the attention of scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - TOP ARIZONA STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. RB Marion Grice (6-0, 205, 4.58)...The breakout campaigns from ASU's dominant duo of Sutton and Bradford on defense played a critical role in the Sun Devils' first season under Graham, but it was the immediate impact made by junior-college transfer Grice that could pave the way for future success in Tempe. Grice was one of 12 junior-college prospects whom Graham and his staff signed as part of their first recruiting class and the team signed 10 more this year, including highly regarded defensive end Marcus Hardison and wideout Jaelen Strong. The Sun Devils can only hope Grice's 1,104 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns is a harbinger of things to come for himself as well as the program. Grice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons at two-year Blinn College and signed with Texas A&M after reportedly receiving interest from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Baylor and several other prominent programs. When the Aggies fired Mike Sherman, however, Grice reconsidered his options and wound up at Arizona State despite incumbent starter Cameron Marshall returning for his senior season. Rather than languish behind Marshall, however, Grice emerged as ASU's most dependable weapon, leading the team with 679 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and catching 41 passes for 425 yards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Marion Grice (Sr.), Arizona State...Grice's 19 total touchdowns last season, the third-highest single season tally in ASU history, ranked as the 14th-highest mark in the country and his eight receiving scores led all FBS running backs. He averaged a touchdown every 7.58 times he touched the ball (19 TDs on 144 touches), which was the best average of any FBS player that had over 100 carries and 25 receptions. He led the team in both rushing yards and all-purpose yards in 2012, and was named the Territorial Cup Most Valuable Player and the Offensive MVP of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. - Arizona State football

07/15/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Marion Grice, Arizona State...Grice finished the 2012 season with 19 touchdowns, third most on ASU's all-time single-season list, and scored 114 points, which ranks fifth on the school's single-season chart. He led the team in both rushing yards and all-purpose yards, and was named the Offensive MVP of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after collecting 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns. - Arizona State football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 6/201 -- Marion Grice, RB, 6-0, 208, Arizona State...Not a back with elite speed, but one that is patient in waiting for his blocks and can hit the hole with quickness. Seems to be a good option on third downs as he has soft hands and is adequate in pass blocking. The end of his season last year was derailed by a leg injury, but according to the Chargers, he's good to go. - The Sports Xchange
 

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