"I'm working towards it, there is no 'plan' right now," said Hill. "I have to be able to run, not jog, not walk, I have to be able to run. It's been getting better but it's a little weird walking without the boot...I'm still going to do what's best for me. Like I said if I can run, I'm going to play. If I can't run, I'm not going to play."
Players and coaches generally stay away from the term "must win" but with the regular season finale, that the Cougs' bowl hopes could depend on getting to seven wins and the amount of pressure and significance attached to the Apple Cup, Hill said the game against Washington is exactly that.
"The feeling (Sunday) was we have to win this game," said Hill. "You know, the coaches are feeling pressure, the players are feeling pressure from everywhere. It's time to win."
That pressure Hill talked about is coming from a variety of angles, he said.
"From everyone," said Hill. "From the players. From player to player, from coach to coach, from player to coach, from coach to player. From the media and you guys, from everyone. From alumni. It's a lot of pressure.
"The last couple of years we struggled...And this season, we've been really close to doing something great. And I hear that word a lot: 'close'. All last year, this year, about us being close. Close doesn't quite cut it. In some instances, close it's okay because you learn and you draw positives from it. But right now, close isn't good enough.
Asked to explain the last two losses to Arizona and ASU, teams Washington State was favored against, Hill pointed squarely at the injury list.
"Guys are getting more beat up and more beat up," he said. "Guys are injured, it's killing us not having a bye week...I understand that this is football and that everybody is banged up but everyone's not injured (on other teams) -- our team has a lot of people injured. It's hard when you look to your left and you look to your right and there's a guy that's not normally there."
Washington State will go for their third straight win over Washington this week, something that has never been done.
"Coach Doba brought that up to us...we could be the first to win three in a row," said Hill. "That's huge."
NOTABLE NOTES AND QUOTES:
Hill: Yeah, I think the confidence is down, but guys have got to pull through. There's bumps in every road. It's just about how you respond.