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INJURIES TAKE THEIR TOLL AS AGS PREPARE FOR FINAL SCRIMMAGE

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Utah State's football coaches have made a couple of changes on their depth chart based on the results of Wednesday night's contact scrimmage.

But injury made the big alteration, possibly taking yet another starting offensive lineman out of the picture.Meanwhile, the Aggies will hold a final game-situation/walkthrough scrimmage today at 10 a.m. at Romney Stadium. Fans may come early or stay late for autographs and pictures. The scrimmage officially ends preseason practice. The Aggies get down to regular-season practice schedule beginning Monday and play their season opener Saturday, Sept. 3, hosting Utah at 7 p.m. in Romney Stadium.

Sophomore left guard Darrin Mitchell, a freshman All-American and starter last season and a preseason All-Big West first-team pick for 1994, has suffered what coach Charlie Weatherbie described as "an acute groin pull, clean down to the bone." Weatherbie was uncertain how long Mitchell might be out, but it could be a long time.

Mitchell is the second veteran Aggie offensive lineman this week to go down. The team lost starting left tackle Brian Davies to a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament knee injury Monday.

Senior Travis Guiney is Mitchell's likely replacement if the injury is long-term, with freshman Gehrin Ortiz the probable backup for Guiney.

As for changes coaches have made based on merit, running back Kendrick Huey moves to backup flanker behind Shawn Turner, and junior-college transfer Dennis Paige moves up the chart from third to second at right defensive end.