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Chargers Add Former Aztec RB Ronnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman is returning to America’s Finest City.

The Chargers claimed the former SDSU running back off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, and parted ways with WR Griff Whalen in a corresponding move.

Originally a third-round draft pick by Denver in 2012, Hillman has appeared in 53 games for the Broncos and Vikings over five seasons.  He has 471 career carries for 1,895 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns in addition to 71 receptions for 474 yards and one score. The 5-10, 195-pound running back has also played in five career playoff games, carrying the ball 56 times for 145 yards with four catches for 27 yards.

Hillman’s top season came last year, when he led the Super Bowl Champion Broncos in rushing with a career-high 863 yards and seven touchdowns. After Denver surprisingly released the 25-year old before the season started, Hillman signed with the Vikings after Adrian Peterson was lost for the season.  He appeared in five games for Minnesota, carrying the ball 18 times for 50 yards along with four receptions for 43 yards.

Chargers fans are likely most familiar with Hillman from his standout career at San Diego State.    He played two seasons for the Aztecs, and was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010 before earning first-team All-MWC honors in 2011.  Hillman left SDSU ranked third in school history with 3,243 yards.

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