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Max Borghi: ‘I want to prove to the whole country who I am’

Insightful profile details the motivation behind the stud running back’s return.

Washington State University Football Spring Practice 4 - Max Borghi
Max Borghi
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Today is one of my favorite days of the year — the day the Spokesman-Review drops its college football preview, which is packed with lots of interesting stories that are an amalgamation of all the information gleaned from the sometimes-mundane task of covering practices for a month.

As usual, the package doesn’t disappoint. And it includes an insightful feature of Washington State’s stud running back Max Borghi.

To be truthful, these profiles often include pretty vanilla quotes from their subjects, but that’s not the case from Borghi. It’s not scorched-earth stuff by any means, but he also was pretty transparent about how he’s feeling heading into the season, particularly with regards to the opportunity the Run and Shoot provides for him to showcase his skills.

Via Theo Lawson:

“There were times I was questioning my choice and a little frustrated running the ball two times a game. I’m like, ‘What did I do?’” Borghi said. “I’m definitely very grateful for my decision and I think this was all in God’s plan. … To be honest I don’t know if I would’ve stayed sane being in the Air Raid for four years straight, but I was glad honestly to see that I’m going to get the opportunity to run the ball more in the run-and-shoot.”

A critic may be quick to point out the obvious: didn’t Borghi understand what he was getting into when he signed on to be an Air Raid running back in 2017?

“I didn’t realize it was going to be just checked runs. I thought it was actually drawn run plays in the playbook, but I learned quickly,” he said. “I’m grateful for all that opportunity I had under Leach. I think I really excelled my game and was able to show a lot of stuff I wouldn’t be able to show right now.”

It’s safe to say most fans are as excited to see Borghi take a primary role as he is to be in one. Last time we saw him in a game, he was picking up nearly 10 yards per carry; last time we saw him in a full season, he was picking up nearly 7 yards per touch — including 6.4 yards per carry on those 127 “checked runs.”

We thought we were going to get it last year, but a back injury sidelined him. One persistent worry I’ve not been able to let go of is just the idea of a “back injury,” and how those can be pretty serious — and debilitating. However, Borghi insists that he only missed as much time as he did last season out of an abundance of caution and an eye on the big picture of his career. Basically, he felt fine, but the training staff wanted to be as sure as possible that it didn’t become the kind of debilitating and chronic injury that could derail a promising professional career.

Now, he’s hoping to make his mark on the WSU record books and put his name up there with the likes of Reuben Mayes, Steve Broussard, Michael Black and Jerome Harrison.

“I think my legacy will draw itself up. I want to obviously be one of the best running backs to come out of this place,” he told Lawson. “I think with another good year and I stay humble, work hard and have a great season, I think it’s very doable. We’ve had some very great guys in the running backs room, but I definitely want to get my name up on that wall so I can have my name there forever.”

Nick Rolovich sued by Kassidy Woods

The former WSU receiver has filed a lawsuit in federal court. You can read the details of the complaint in the stories below. If you’ve followed the story at all, there aren’t really any surprise allegations other than the fact that it also paints AD Pat Chun in a pretty unfavorable light. It does detail the extent to which Woods was cut off from the team following his COVID opt-out, which Woods clearly feels was capricious and unnecessary.

In lawsuit filed against Nick Rolovich, former Washington State player alleges retaliation, reckless disregard of constitutional rights | Washington State University |
Woods’ lawsuit, which was filed on Aug. 20 in the player’s home state of Texas, claims “Rolovich’s acts were racist, intentional, malicious, willful, and in gross and reckless disregard of Woods’ constitutional rights.”

Former WSU wide receiver Kassidy Woods’ lawyer speaks about lawsuit against Rolovich, WSU |
The lawsuit alleges Nick Rolovich and WSU violated Woods' First Amendment rights.

Full text of the complaint

Soccer hits the road

Road Ready - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougs hit the road for the first time Thursday to take on San Diego State.

WSU soccer prepares for doubleheader weekend – The Daily Evergreen
WSU soccer is headed to their first away game of the season to play against the San Diego State Aztecs at 7 p.m today in San Diego. After that, the Cougars return to Pullman to play Hawaii at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Lower Soccer Field. In the last game, WSU beat Eastern Washington 4-0...


2021 football preview: A redo for Washington State, which now boasts bolstered depth and run-and-shoot experience | Washington State University |
A pandemic-racked 2020 season ended with Washington State 1-3, and feeling unfulfilled.

'I'm scoring every game.' How unfinished business and new opportunities drew Max Borghi back to Washington State for a fourth year | Washington State University |
“I think I’ve been kind of in the shadows a lot of my career here,” Borghi said recently. “I haven’t quite had the opportunity to show the country who I am. I think the state of Washington knows who I am, but I think I want to prove to the whole country who I am.”

Washington State notes: Quarterback race deadlocked, Cougar coaches address depth chart | Washington State University |
PULLMAN – Three days ahead of his team’s season opener, Washington State coach Nick Rolovich has yet to make the call.

Washington State mailbag: Who'll be the QB? Your guess is as good as mine (and the coaches') | Washington State University |
Will we know before Saturday who'll start at quarterback for Washington State in its season opener?

Washington State needs to hold several Utah State newcomers in check | Washington State University |
PULLMAN – In preparing for their Week 1 opponent, the Washington State Cougars know they can’t rely much on last season’s game film.

Everything else

Former Seahawks, WSU standout Dan Doornink ‘beating the odds’ in critical battle with COVID-19 | Washington State University |
Dan Doornink, a standout running back at Washington State in the 1970s and a fan favorite with the Seahawks in the ’80s, has turned a corner in his critical fight

Fall Cross Country is Back - Washington State University Athletics
Cougs began the 2021 fall season with the WSU Open at Colfax Golf Club.

WSU MBB: "Back to Basketball: Power of the Pac-12" - YouTube

Fons Verberne Named Cougars Assistant Tennis Coach - Washington State University Athletics
Verberne will begin his duties immediately at WSU.

Women's Golf Announces 2021 Fall Schedule - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – Fall competition returns for the Washington State women's golf team for the 2021-22 season, as head coach Kelli Kamimura announced Wednesday, Sept.

Cougars Set to Open 2021 Hosting Utah State - Washington State University Athletics
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

Washington State vs Utah State Prediction, Game Preview
Washington State also needs to prove it can get past an awful 2020, especially on defense. And it will.

WSU continues virtual tailgating events into 2021 football season | WSU Insider | Washington State University

Washington State Vs Utah State NCAA Football Betting Odds and Trends | 9/4/2021
Preview betting lines, odds, and trends for the NCAA College Football matchup between the Washington State Cougars and the Utah State Aggies on September 1, 2021.

Cougar Football Saturdays are back – The Daily Evergreen
This Saturday marks the first Cougar Football Saturday in 651 days. Students will be able to sing “Back Home” by Andy Grammer after the first quarter, they will be able to hear “and that’s another Cougar first down” with the growl at the end, and the fight song will be sung with pride for the...

WSU Free Safety Daniel Isom Happy to Tackle Big Challenges After Getting a Second Chance | The Daily Chronicle