TEMPE, AZ (Sporting Alert) — No. 11 Arizona State will be without running back Marion Grice for Saturday’s Pac-12 title game against No. 7 Stanford because of an injury.
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The senior, who is the team’s leading rusher and third-leading receiver, misses the title game with a lower-leg injury that he picked up in last week’s 58-21 victory over the Arizona Wildcats.
Grice scored 20 touchdowns this season, 14 rushing and six receiving, and his offensive threats will definitely be missed at the Sun Devil Stadium.
Sophomore D.J. Foster will now start in Grice’s place for the Sun Devils (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12).
“He (Grice) won’t play. D.J. Foster will be the starting tailback. De’Marieya Nelson and Deantre Lewis will play there as well. We have a tremendous amount of confidence in D.J.,” Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said.
“He is obviously prepared, and is very dynamic back as well. He’s very versatile.
“We just have to make sure we don’t lose how we use him at receiver as well, so he will also still have that similar role there.”
Saturday’s Pac-12 championship clash is a rematch of game in Palo Alto, September, which the Stanford Cardinal dominated 42-28, after jumping out to a 29-0 lead at half-time.