TYLER, Texas - Arizona State University senior running back Marion Grice has been named a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the selection committee announced Tuesday.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Div. I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.
In addition, the student-athlete must be born in Texas, and/or graduated from a Texas High School, and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year Div. I Texas college.
Fans can vote for Grice daily at www.earlcampbellaward.com.
Finalists will be selected from this group and announced on Dec. 9, 2013. The winner will be announced at the award banquet in Tyler, Texas, on Jan. 10, 2014.
Grice, the only student-athlete west of Texas to be named a semifinalist, graduated from Nimitz High School in Houston and then attended Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, before enrolling at ASU prior to the 2012 season.
He ranks second in the nation in scoring at 12 points per game, sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns with 14 and eighth nationally with more than 167 all-purpose yards per game. He has posted over 100 all-purpose yards in 12 straight games, which is the fourth longest active streak among all FBS players.
Grice has 20 touchdowns this season, and became the third Sun Devil in school history and just the 15th Pac-10/12 player in the past 36 seasons (1978-present) to reach that mark. He is third on the school’s single-season touchdowns list and needs just two more to tie for the record. His 39 career touchdowns are also fifth all-time in ASU history, despite playing in just 23 games.
Grice has found the end zone 26 times in his past 13 games dating back to last season and he is averaging a touchdown roughly every 10.8 times he touches the ball in 2013. He also leads the nation’s running backs in receiving touchdowns with six.
Grice has 901 rushing yards this season, just 99 yards shy of 1,000. The last Sun Devil back to hit the 1,000-yard mark was Cameron Marshall with 1,050 yards in 2011, and Grice would be only the third ASU back to hit the 1,000-yard mark since 2001 as Ryan Torain had 1,229 yards in 2006.
Grice’s 2013 Accolades
· Paul Hornung Award Semifinalist
· Four-time Hornung Award Honor Roll recipient (week 3 vs. Wisconsin, week 5 vs. USC, week 8 vs. Washington, week 11 at Utah)
The Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live by Fox Sports.
2013 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Semifinalists
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Kolton Browning, ULM
Shane Carden, East Carolina
David Cobb, Minnesota
Mike Evans, Texas A&M
James Franklin, Missouri
Garrett Gilbert, SMU
Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Johnathan Gray, Texas
Marion Grice, Arizona State University
Jeremy Johnson, SMU
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Bryce Petty, Baylor
Tevin Reese, Baylor
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Charles Sims, West Virginia University