Ronnie Hillman missed practiced on Tuesday, will not practice on Wednesday and may not practice all week due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in San Diego State's win over the Colorado St. Rams. That explains why Hillman had only 80 yards. Hillman is the leagues leading rusher and is second in the nation in total rushing yards would be a huge loss against the Boise St. Broncos this Saturday.
Last week Boise State limited the TCU Horned Frogs to only 33 yards on the ground, so missing Hillman would be a big blow for San Diego State's chances of an upset. Hillman says that he is "very confident" that he will play on Saturday. However, it will ultimately come down to if the medical staff clears him to play:
Head coach Rocky Long said if team medical staff doesn't clear Hillman to practice Thursday, he won't play on Saturday. Even if he's cleared to practice Thursday, he still might not play unless he's around 90 percent healthy. It could end up being a game-day decision.
"Running backs are in too much danger to not be 100 percent," Long said. "They're the ones that take the biggest beating because they're getting hit from all angles. I think it's the most dangerous position in football."
Hillman was seen wearing a walking boot on Tuesday and had fluid drained out of his foot. So, at this point it in the week and the confirmation that Hillman is already out of Wednesday's practice seems that it will be a surprise if Hillman is at full strength. Long also mentioned that even if Hillman is cleared to return to practice on Thursday that he could still limit Hillman's carries. As for Hillman, he feels that if he is 40 or 50 percent would be better than a lot of running backs out there.
If Hillman can't go on Saturday next in line is a slew of freshman led by redshirt freshman Adam Muema who had 45 yards last week. Junior running back Walter Kaze suffered a season-ending knee injury against Colorado State, so if Hillman can't go San Diego State may have to burn a redshirt year of a true freshman, possibly Dwayne Garrett , Chase Price or Brandon Wright. Burning a red shirt this late in the year would not be in the best interest of San Diego State's future. My thinking that if Hillman is even limited he will get some carries so thatall three of those freshman do not waste a full year of eligibility to see time in one game.
However, seeing how the Boise State secondary was beat up by TCU, maybe San Diego State would be better of throwing the ball the entire game.