After a week of injuries, there was some relief Saturday as Utah State's football team officially wrapped up its preseason workouts with its odd-situations morning scrimmage in Romney Stadium.
In the situational scrimmage, the Aggies walk through their procedures for coping with strange happenings, such as what they'll do should they get an excessive-celebration penalty, how they'll handle injury timeouts, what they'll do after missed field goals, etc. They finished with some seven-on-seven drills.And no injuries.
In fact, concern for injured starting offensive guard Darrin Mitchell subsided. Mitchell Thursday suffered a deep groin pull that coach Charlie Weatherbie said went all the way to the bone. The Aggies thought Mitchell might be out for some time, but by Saturday, said Aggie spokesman John Lewandowski, Mitchell was much improved. It was even speculated that Mitchell, a 1993 Freshman All-America second-teamer and a 1994 preseason All-Big West first-team selection, might be able to practice this week and perhaps play in the season opener with Utah Saturday night in Romney.
Running back Abu Wilson, a starter two seasons ago as a freshman and currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind Profail Grier, played in Saturday's scrimmage after being held out of last Wednesday's final contact scrimmage with a slight hamstring pull.
There was also hope that junior-college transfer Shane Stevenson, who has won a starting offensive tackle spot, will be able to solve a grade-transfer mix-up that threatens his eligibility. He returned to his California home over the weekend and is to meet with the Santa Monica College dean on Monday on the matter.
In other news, senior Kendrick Huey, who's been a running back all his career, lined up in Saturday's scrimmage as a flanker/H-back. He was moved to that position to back up sophomore Shawn Turner Thursday . . . Senior defensive end Ken Freitas, who transferred from junior college last year, has left USU and enrolled at Cal State-Northridge . . . Freshman cornerback Wesley Morris, who was never on the depth chart, did not meet NCAA requirements and is no longer with the team . . . True freshman running back Ernesto Ramos, moved up to third on the depth chart after an outstanding week, finally got a permanent number - 34. He's worn 34, 35, 2 and 4 this week.