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USU Football: Injury issues at running back

Joe Hill finished Saturday's scrimmage, pretty much as the last man standing.

Kerwynn Williams took a few snaps, but as the starter, there was no need for him to play much.

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Robert Marshall finished the scrimmage in an arm sling on the sidelines.

Joey DeMartino hurt his hand, not from his shoving match with Rashard Stewart, but from actually playing football.

Kelvin "Mookie" Lee suffered a concussion in Thursday's practice, and was held out of Saturday's action.

That meant this: Plenty of carries for Hill, who ran the ball 17 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. Once again, he appeared to strengthen his grip on the number two running back job. He was impressive on Saturday, as he has been the entire camp.

"He was in some ways the only guy we had out there," Gary Andersen said. "He responded very well, as he has throughout camp. He's played very well."

Hill's always had speed. He showed power on Saturday, moving the pile, that he hasn't in the past. He embraced the idea of taking all the snaps in Utah State's first major scrimmage. As a result, he's in better standing, even than he was a few days ago.

Of the injuries, Lee is expected to return to practice early next week. The others are all unknown.

"Kelvin is a guy who has a chance to see some action on the field if he continues to play well," Andersen said.

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