Grice will be a 23-year-old rookie in 2014. He is from Texas, where he went to Nimitz High School. He did not sign with a D-I school out of high school, deciding to attend Blinn Community College, where he excelled for two years. He totaled 2,221 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns in two seasons and was tabbed as a Second-Team NJCAA All-American as a sophomore. In 2011, he had 174 carries for 1,052 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns. He became the number five overall JC prospect ranked by Rivals in 2011. He had offers from schools such as TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor, Arkansas and Arizona, but ended up choosing Arizona State. Grice’s first season in Tempe he led the team in rushing with 679 yards while also totaling 19 total TDs.
After splitting carries in 2012 with Cameron Marshall, Grice has become the feature back for a top scoring offense in 2013. He is off to a blazing start this season with eight TD’s rushing and four more receiving in just four games. He has a good build for a running back, with above average height and will just need to continue to add muscle to his frame. He weighs around 210 lbs, and should only fill out as the process plays itself out.
Grice lines up the majority of his snaps in the backfield in Arizona State's spread offense. He can operate on both inside and outside runs. He's a natural one-cut back who looks to get downhill quickly. He has better feet than hips -- meaning he’s not going to beat defenders with his “wiggle," but has the feet to make you miss in the hole. He has good initial burst and gets to the second level quickly. Grice does a good job of keeping his eyes down field, and can avoid defenders in space. On outside runs, he does have the speed to get to the edge and beat defenders around the corner. Once he is in space he has above average top-end speed to be a threat to hit the big run. Will lower his shoulder on contact, and keeps his feet moving so he falls forward. Grice does a very good job in short yardage situations, and has a feel for getting into the end zone when the Sun Devils get inside the 10. Really put the nail in the coffin scoring three second half TDs in the second half against USC. Grice has 19 TD’s in 17 career games at ASU.
He has been very productive in the passing game. Does a good job working the flat, working his head around and making himself a target for his QB. Has good hands, catches the ball naturally and already has 22 catches through four games. Must be accounted for on passing downs, and is tough for a linebacker to cover in space. In pass pro, will lower his shoulder and strike –- but would like to see him be a little more violent. Because of his size, has the ability to neutralize blitzing LBs.
The 2013, the Sun Devils are off to a very good start (3-1) and have a prime time matchup against Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 5. While he has put up some very eye-opening stats during his short Division I career, this will be a big game for Grice to show he can handle NFL level defensive talent and the bright lights. If he can continue to be a key contributor for a team that has big bowl aspirations, his draft stock will continue to rise.
WHAT NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2013: In a pass happy league, RBs must be able to pass protect and Grice must show a willingness to strike and be tough in these situations. He must also continue to be a durable three down back and show durability in his first full season as a starter.
-- John Middlekauff, Reese's Senior Bowl West Coast Correspondent/Scout
2013: Wisconsin, USC
2012: Navy (bowl game)