There is, unfortunately, some heartwrenching news reportedly involving Arizona State running back Marion Grice during the holiday season.
Per Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic, Grice has returned home to join his family for what a team spokesperson is calling “personal reasons.” However, Haller notes in his blog that Grice’s brother was reportedly shot and killed during a robbery on Friday.
3TV Sports is reporting that a man was shot in the head when two burglars demanded a pair of recently-purchased Air Jordan shoes. The victim, believed to be Grice’s brother, lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crashed it into the side of a house. While the victim is only reported to be Grice’s brother, several ASU teammates took to their Twitter accounts to send their condolences to Grice.
Haller later confirmed that Grice will be back for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy on Dec. 29. You can see Todd Graham’s comments on the situation HERE at about the 2:45 mark.
Grice is the team’s second-leading rusher with 520 yards and its fourth-leading receiver with 406 yards. He leads the team with 17 touchdowns.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah