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Grice Elevates Game by "Stealing" Tips

Posted Aug 21, 2014

Marion Grice is wisely incorporating aspects of his teammates' game.

Marion Grice knows he’s in a fortuitous situation, and luckily, he’s making the most of his unique opportunity.

With teammates such as Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown ahead of him on the depth chart, the Chargers’ sixth-round pick has a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips.  That’s why he is using every opportunity to “steal” different aspects of each man’s game to improve his own style.

“I’m learning a lot from those guys,” he said. “You can see how physical Ryan is.  I keep looking at him and studying his game.  He runs hard. And Danny’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is impressive.  Then Donald is a great all-around player, so I’m learning all I can from them to take my game to the next level.  I guess you can say I’m stealing parts of their game to add to mine.”

Woodhead for one thinks Grice is going about things the right way, and takes his “stealing” mindset as a compliment.  In fact, he acts the same way.

“It’s definitely a compliment,” he said.  “Just like all young guys he wants to get better, so anything I can do to help, I’m there.  That goes for all my teammates, those younger than me, my age or older.  I try to be a good teammate and help out anyway I can. We have an awesome group of running backs.  We’re blessed to have the guys we have in there and we understand we’re a unit, not a bunch of individuals.  That’s important.  So it’s for sure a compliment to see (Grice) do that.  I mean, I’m still trying to steal other people’s (moves)!”

Grice is fresh off an impressive college career at Arizona State, totaling 3,045 all-purpose yards while his 39 total touchdowns rank fourth in team history.  The 6-0, 208-pound running back’s 234 points are the most in a two-year span for a Sun Devil.  A second-team All-Pac-12 pick in 2013, he recorded the second most all-purpose yards in school history with 1,941.

However, things are quite different in America’s Finest City than it was in the desert with the NFL being a completely different animal than college football.

“People say it’s a big difference and it is because of the speed of the game,” he said.  “So I’m working hard on my technique to learn the speed.  Guys are faster and stronger, and can figure out your weakness just like that.  So I’ve got to keep studying film on my opponents and working hard.  I’ve always been in this situation where I have to prove myself, so it’s not my first rodeo.”

As he battles to make a name for himself, Grice knows the best way to impress is to keep his head down and learn as much as possible.

“This has been a learning experience, to be honest with you,” he explained.  “Just learning as the days go by the different parts of the offense, how the schedule will work with the team and so on.  So I’m pretty excited to keep getting better and just try to impress the coaches the best I can.”

 

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