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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Bolts Long Had Interest in New RB Marion Grice
With the 201st overall selection in the sixth round on Saturday, the San Diego Chargers selected running back Marion Grice out of Arizona State.
The 6-0, 208-pound back watched the draft with his mother, grandmother and family in Houston, and was grateful for the chance to compete for a job in San Diego’s loaded backfield. Even though the Bolts have a strong stable of rushers already in place in Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown, Grice said the Chargers have long showed interest in him.
“They were very interested in me,” Grice said. “I spoke with them after my pro day and when I went to the combine I had an interview with them. They talked to me about different ways they could use me. Everything worked out pretty well.”
Grice has a nose for the end zone. Before attending ASU, he played for Blinn Community College in Texas where he rushed for 2,221 yards and 33 touchdowns. In 44 games with 31 starts at ASU, he ran for 1,675 yards, averaging just over five yards per carry, with 25 touchdowns.
“I can come out of the backfield and catch the pass,” he said. “Get me out in the open and I can make that one guy miss.”
His versatility is something that General Manager Tom Telesco believes will benefit the Bolts as well.
“He’s a very well-rounded back,” he said. “Between running the ball, catching the ball, pass protection and kick off returns, he can do a lot of different things. He was a touchdown machine and he protects the ball.”
In joining a backfield that already boasts Mathews, Woodhead and Brown, Grice knows there’s competition for reps. Still, he doesn’t shy away from it while also embracing the opportunity to learn from his talented teammates.
“You’ve got to compete everywhere,” he explained. “So I’m really excited to come in and compete with those guys and see how everything turns out…. I want to pick their brains and learn. I want to complement the guys we have and come off the bench to give them a breather. I can come in on third downs and make catches. I’m a playmaker.”