|(photo cred: Christian Petersen)|
39. OLB/S Dion Bailey, USC
38. S Alden Darby, Arizona State
37. OT Tyler Johnstone, Oregon
36. DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado
35. S Deon Bucannon, Washington State
34. LB Shaq Thompson, Washington
33. DE Taylor Hart, Oregon
32. DT DeAndre Coleman, Cal
31. CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
30. C Hroniss Grassu, Oregon
29. DL Henry Anderson, Stanford
28. QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford
27. LB Carl Bradford, Arizona State
26. RB Storm Woods, Oregon State
25. QB Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
24. DL Cassius Marsh, UCLA
23. S Ed Reynolds, Stanford
22. OT Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
21. TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon
20. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
Grice didn't receive any scholarship offers out of school. But, after scoring 33 touchdowns in two seasons at Blinn Junior College (if that sounds familiar it should, that's where Cam Newton bridged the gap between Florida and Auburn) attention from big time schools was not a problem. Grice was rated a four star recruit and was recruited by top teams from all over the country but he eventually settled on giving a verbal pledge to Texas A&M. That commitment didn't last long though as Grice built a relationship with Chris Thomsen who had been hired as Arizona State's running backs coach and Thomsen was able to sway Grice away from the Aggies and into signing with the Sun Devils. Grice put pen to paper on his Letter of Intent only to get a phone call from Thomsen telling Grice that he was not going to coach at ASU but was instead taking a position at Texas Tech.
Grice decided to play with a heavy heart and put together a master piece, averaging 11.7 yards per carry and totaling 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His season had come full circle and he finally gave everyone reason to take notice of him.
If I was asked to provide one word to describe Marion Grice it would be explosive. 23 of his 103 rushing attempts went for at least 10 yards last year while 42.7% of his 103 attempts went for either a first down or a touchdown. he also came up with explosive plays in the passing game as he caught 41 passes and turned 16 of them into 15 or more yards. 27 of his 41 receptions resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. he also came up huge when it really mattered. He averaged 7.58 yards per carry in the 4th quarter, by far better than his numbers in the first three quarters. As mentioned above, he also got better as the season went along.
What more can I say? Even if you hate the Sun Devils, you need to appreciate this player. playmakers with this type of ability only come around every so often. Learn to appreciate this young man and pray to God that Mike Norvell has the good sense to give him the damn ball.