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BC running back Tahj Kimble returns from knee injury

A knee injury limited Tahj Kimble (left) to three games last season.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/File 2012

A knee injury limited Tahj Kimble (left) to three games last season.

Tahj Kimble said he had a fitful night of sleep before Boston College’s first scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday morning at Alumni Stadium.

A 5-foot-11-inch, 211-pound junior running back from Fernandina Beach, Fla., Kimble tossed and turned Friday night because of nerves over his first practice in full pads since injuring his left knee last season. The setback limited him to three games in 2012 and kept him out of spring drills.

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On his first carry Saturday, Kimble had a short gain running between the tackles, getting brought down by defensive tackle Dominic Appiah. After taking a quick inventory of his moving parts, Kimble jogged back to the huddle to do it again.

“I didn’t think about it at all,’’ Kimble said, when asked if he was worried about his knee holding up. “I just did it. So I was, ‘OK, now I’m back to normal.’

“It was just good to get back out there with all the guys, in full pads again.’’

With freshmen running backs Tyler Rouse (hamstring) and Myles Willis (ankle) held back after tweaking their injuries and with senior Andre Williams having his repetitions monitored, Kimble and sophomore David Dudeck got the bulk of the carries Saturday, the Eagles’ second day in full pads.

“I thought he did some nice things today,’’ coach Steve Addazio said of Kimble. “He missed a couple of days, coming off that knee. Traditionally, you do a little work and it gets a little swollen and a little sore and you take a day off then come back and he’s been in that routine.’’

Kimble ran between the tackles with authority and darted in and out of holes with a burst of speed.

“I thought he did some nice things with the ball in his hand,’’ Addazio said. “It’s all confidence. You come off those injuries and you have to have a little confidence rebuilding. So I thought today was a good step forward, and he had some productivity.’’

Crimmins stands out

Addazio was impressed by sophomore wideout Dan Crimmins, who used his 6-5, 222-pound frame to battle smaller defenders for the ball. “He looked like he went up and caught the ball today and that’s really encouraging,’’ Addazio said. “I like to see that.’’ . . . Addazio said junior Josh Bordner “is the backup quarterback right now,’’ ahead of senior Mike Marscovetra . . . The scrimmage was presided over by a crew of game officials who, Addazio said, would have ejected an unidentified player as part of the NCAA’s new rules against head blows. “That’s the way it’s going to be this year,’’ Addazio said. “That’s why it’s going to be very controversial, but, you know what, it’s for the safety of the game and makes everybody think about where they’re targeting and that’s a good thing.’’ . . . Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Lifka (lower left leg injury) and senior tight end/fullback Jake Sinkovec (right knee) watched the scrimmage from the sideline on crutches.

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com
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