Arizona State running back Marion Grice was a big concern for any team preparing to face the Sun Devils this season, but there’s a chance Texas Tech could catch a break.
Grice missed the team’s regular-season finale against Arizona and the Pac-12 championship game against Stanford with a lower-leg injury. On Sunday, the Arizona Republic reported Grice is in a protective boot, walking with a limp and hasn’t practiced in three weeks.
The newspaper said ASU coach Todd Graham expects Grice to play in the Holiday Bowl Dec. 30 against Tech, but Grice said he wants to be fully healthy beforehand.
“I got to be 100 percent, for sure,” Grice told the Republic.
His injury happened Nov. 23 against UCLA.
Grice carried 191 times for 1,028 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 50 passes for 438 yards and six TDs.
Grice is a Texan who went to Aldine Nimitz and Blinn College in Brenham. Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week the University of Houston staff of which he was a part actively recruited Grice coming out of Blinn.