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HCA: Max Borghi can kick, too

WSU’s feature running back can make a 55-yard field goal with ease, and he has the video to prove it.

NCAA Football: San Jose State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

We learned pretty quickly this past season that running back Max Borghi is an incredibly talented kid as the true freshman added a dynamic weapon to the Washington State Cougars backfield.

Turns out, he could probably kick a little in a pinch, too:

In case you’re not great with the math, that’s a 55-yard field goal with room to spare — there were at least another five yards on that sucker. I can’t find any stories that mention Borghi kicking field goals at Pomona High School in Colorado, but he must have attempted at least one:

The principal of the school coming down from the top rope? Savage.

Anyway, Borghi — whose dad is an Italian immigrant with a background in soccer — is obviously fooling around here, so Blake Mazza’s job is safe. But it did get me thinking about one actual possibility: Kickoffs. Maybe there’s something to explore there? Let’s just hope he doesn’t put out any video of rugby-style punts, lest the special teams coach get any bright ideas.

WSU in the NFL combine

NFL Draft combine invitations are leaking out, and Theo Lawson of the Spokesman-Review is reporting that quarterback Gardner Minshew II, offensive lineman Andre Dillard and running back James Williams will all be in Indianapolis for the league’s annual meat market.

After participating in the Senior Bowl, both Minshew and Dillard were considered locks, but this is pretty awesome for Williams, who decided to forego his senior season.

Gardner Minshew, Andre Dillard, James Williams will make up Washington State’s contingent at NFL Combine | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State will send a prolific quarterback, an All-American left tackle and a Swiss Army knife running back to next month’s NFL Scouting Combine.

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