RONNIE HILLMAN RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO

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Source: Chargers press release

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November 22, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego Chargers claimed former San Diego State standout running back Ronnie Hillman off waivers after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Tuesday.

Hillman, a 5-10, 195-pound native of Long Beach, Calif., is a former third-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2012. He spent four seasons in the Mile High City (2012-15) before landing with the Vikings in 2016. Hillman has played in 53 NFL regular-season games with 14 starts while tallying 471 carries for 1,895 yards (4.0 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He’s also caught 71 passes out of the backfield for an additional 747 yards and a score. With the Broncos, he played in five career postseason games with two starts where he logged 56 carries for 145 yards and four catches for 27 yards.

Hillman began his NFL career in Denver in 2012 when Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. This season, Hillman appeared in five games for Minnesota before being waived on Monday.

As a collegian at San Diego State, Hillman played two seasons, earning Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2010. A first-team All-MWC pick as a sophomore in 2011, Hillman applied for early entry in the NFL Draft in 2012, leaving SDSU as the third-leading rusher in school history with 3,243 yards.

To make room for Hillman on the roster, the Chargers waived wide receiver Griff Whalen.