FakePigskin Exclusive Interview: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

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Marion Grice started his career playing for two years at Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas. Grice was a standout player there both years. As a freshman Grice had 1,169 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, earning First-Team All-Southwest Junior College Conference honors. Then as a sophomore Grice totaled 1,052 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, being named a Second-Team NJCAA All-American. Grice was then named a four-star recruit and the number five Junior College player in the country. Grice chose to transfer to Arizona State over reported offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Purdue, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Utah and Western Kentucky.

Grice has been one of the all-around most productive backs in the PAC-12 for the past two seasons at Arizona State. In his first year at ASU, Grice had 679 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns to go along with 41 receptions for 425 yards and 8 touchdowns. Then this past season at ASU, Grice had 996 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns to go along with 50 receptions for 448 yards and 6 touchdowns. This past season he earned Second-Team All Pac-12 honors.

I want to thank Mr. Grice for taking the time out of his day to do this interview with me.

First man I want to thank you for taking the time to do this with me.

Not a problem, honored to be of mention in your blog.

So you grew up in Texas. Where you a Cowboys fan or did another team catch your eye as you were growing up?

Mostly just a fan of the game and I’m a Houston guy so it’s cool to see the home team do well.

Rough year this year, but with a few tweaks they can be right back in the playoffs. Who was your college team? Anyone specific?

I was really a player watcher, Texas A&M showed me a lot of love early so partially an A&M guy.

Good stuff man. What ended up making you choose ASU?

The weather other than summer is beautiful, and coach Thomsen/Coach Graham really wanted me there.

Has there been a specific coach there that has really helped you become the player you are?

Coach Graham really puts in a lot of time with film and preparation which really makes the game easy. Coach Norvell puts me in position to be successful. I’d say both of those guys.

Is there a running back out there that you model your game after or compare your game too?

I’m just myself, I simply play the game the way I know how. You hear some of the comparisons though, and I’m honored to be even mentioned with the likes of Matt forte and Arian Foster.

Both of them are outstanding backs. What would you say your biggest strength is?

Great backs for sure. My biggest strengths would be my patience, and pass catching ability.

You’ve always been one of the best pass catching running backs in college. On the flip side, What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I would say my pass pro, which certainly improved from my junior to senior year. I look to steadily improve in that aspect.

Absolutely. Being able to protect the QB is a must. What would you say is your biggest on field accomplishment?

I’m not a personal accolades guy, never have been. I would say helping me team get into position to compete for a PAC 12 title.

Good stuff. Takes a team to win in football and you helped get your team there. What is your biggest off the field accomplishment?

I would say doing what I needed to do academically in Juco to get to ASU. Once I graduate this summer, that will definitely be the biggest.

A degree is a huge deal. It’s not something everyone accomplishes.

Exactly.

I’ll finish this up with one last question man. What do you want to do once your playing days are done?

I would like to do something involving inner city kids and helping them get into college.

That’s fantastic. Helping kids stay out of trouble and get to a better life is one of the best things anyone can do

It’s really important to me.

That’s great man. I want to thank you again for taking the time to do this interview with me.

Not a problem. Thanks for having me.

I again want to thank Marion Grice for taking the time out of his busy schedule to do the interview with me and good luck in the upcoming months before the draft and his future beyond it.

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