Utah State adds juco running back

With star running back Robert Turbin possibly out for the entire season, Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen has decided to bolster his running back corps with the addition of junior college transfer Joey DeMartino.

DeMartino, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound running back from San Diego, Calif., will have three years of eligibility, after spending one season at Grossmont Junior College.

“With the injury to Robert Turbin plus two senior running backs this fall in Michael Smith and Derrvin Speight, we felt that it was important to get a quality running back in our program for this fall,” coach Gary Andersen said. “We’ve been looking for the right fit since January and we feel we’ve found a perfect match in Joey DeMartino. He’s a tremendous fit to our program and a great fit for our University and Cache Valley.”

DeMartino rushed for 952 yards and six touchdowns on 143 carries last season and added 120 yards and a score on 12 catches.

DeMartino earned second-team all-National Division, Southern Conference offensive honors and was named Grossmont’s Offensive MVP.

Andersen also noted that the Aggies are still looking to add a big running back from the high school ranks.