Marion Grice Interview
Sr. / Arizona State / RB
Updated - 7-9-13
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height,
weight and forty time)?
Marion Grice: We haven’t run the forty here at Arizona State. But I think that I got faster while being here. I ran a 4.5 flat at a junior college. I am 6’0 and 206 pounds right now.
Alex Khvatov: When you were coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?
Marion Grice: I had one offer from Utah State. They wanted me to play safety. I got my test scores out of high school at the last minute. A lot of junior colleges came in and were looking at me as an inside LB. Blinn Community College came in and offered me to play RB.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you wind up at a junior college?
Marion Grice: My grades didn’t meet the criteria.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to Arizona State?
Marion Grice: It was a nice environment. It was a good academic program. They are a PAC- 12 program. They had a new coaching staff, and I was excited about it.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your junior season at ASU.
Marion Grice: Overall, it was a shocking experience. I wasn’t expecting to lead the team in touchdowns. I thought that I would come in and learn the plays. I thought that I would play a little bit. I went to camp and I bonded with the players. It was great. I learned my plays and I started playing more. I was featured as a third down back. I improved my game. I did well my junior season.
Alex Khvatov: Do you enjoy playing in the PAC-12 conference?
Marion Grice: I wish that we can play everyone in the PAC-12. When I first came in, I thought that we would face every team. We get to play Stanford this year, and I am excited about it.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Marion Grice: I am a balanced back. I can protect, but I am getting better at it. I can catch and run. I can do anything.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Marion Grice: Pass pro. I want to be a complete back. You have to be able to protect the QB. I have to become more polished. I have become a better blocker.
Alex Khvatov: What have you learned about your team after the spring?
Marion Grice: We bonded more as a team this year. We have become a close family. We are much closer than last year. We will become more of a family this summer. We will have more time to bond.
Alex Khvatov: What are your team and individual goals for this upcoming senior season?
Marion Grice: Win the Conference Championship.
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about your teammate RB D.J. Foster.
Marion Grice: He is a great guy. I can learn things from him. He is a hard worker. We are all hard workers. I will have another year to play with him. He will become the featured back after I leave. He is also a great athlete.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Marion Grice: I don’t have one. I root for the Houston Texans since they are a hometown team. But I mostly just like to watch the game and players.
Alex Khvatov: Who are some of your favorite NFL players?
Marion Grice: I like watching AP (Adrian Peterson), J.J. Watt, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. I also like to watch (Peyton) Manning play. I wish that I had the opportunity to play with him. It would be great to catch a pass from him.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait that a RB should have?
Marion Grice: You have to be able to pass protect. Everyone runs the ball, but you have to be able to protect the QB.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about college football?
Marion Grice: I like the game itself. It is a different atmosphere. You get to travel and see new faces. You get to see the great fans.
Alex Khvatov: Which players on your team are ready for a breakout season?
Marion Grice: Rick Smith (receiver) is getting better. He has impressed me. I know that I am looking forward to seeing Steffon Martin play LB. I am also excited to play behind our offensive line.
Alex Khvatov: What has your head coach Todd Graham brought to this program?
Marion Grice: In my eyes, he brought toughness and maturity. He brought a physical nature to this team. He brought a family atmosphere. We have all come together. We play as one.
Alex Khvatov: What is your definition of a leader?
Marion Grice: It is a person that leads by example. You do less talking and show more by your actions on and off-the-field.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Marion Grice: My main thing is graduating first. After I graduate, I can take my degree and get a job. I am a sociology and communications major.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Marion Grice: I like to be with my family. I am always polishing up my game. I get together with our strength and conditioning coach. I also play video games.
Alex Khvatov: What makes you a unique individual?
Marion Grice: I have a nice personality. I am a great person. People can sit down and talk to me. They will eventually like me.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Marion Grice is….
Marion Grice: I am a positive person. I try to be a leader on and off-the-field. I am honest and caring. On the field, I am talking to everyone. I joke a lot. I have opened up more and I talk to more guys.
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