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  11/26/21 - Max BorghiSr/2022, Washington State, 5-09, 211 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Travell Harris rode on the shoulders of the crimson fans that engulfed the field. Jayden de Laura waived a version of Ol' Crimson before spiking the unmistakable flag into the turf field. Even Butch, the Washington State mascot, took his turn crowd surfing on the field at Husky Stadium. After seven straight losses to its rivals, Washington State had a celebration to remember after the most lopsided Cougars' victory in the history of the rivalry matchup against Washington. "It's special. Coug Nation deserves it, this team deserved it, the seniors deserved it," Washington State running back Max Borghi said. "I can't really put words into it yet, it hasn't really sunk in. But holding that Apple Cup trophy is something we've all dreamt about and it was incredible." Borghi rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington State handed Washington a 40-13 defeat in the Apple Cup on Friday night.

The Cougars snapped a seven-game losing streak to their rivals, picking up their first win in the series since 2012 and first at Husky Stadium since 2007. And the Cougars (7-5, 6-3 Pac-12) did it in grand, record-setting fashion with a dominant and complete thumping that left those in crimson rushing the field to celebrate while those clad in purple made an early move to the exits. The 27-point margin of victory topped the previous high of 26 points when Washington State won 52-26 in 1973, a game also played in Seattle. "This win, it wasn't just for us," Washington State linebacker Justus Rogers said. "It was for the people that came before us, the teams that came before us that I've been a part of as well." Borghi scored on a 32-yard touchdown run on Washington State's opening possession and set the tone for the night. He added a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and only the Cougars' inability to finish drives in the first half kept the game from being even more one-sided. De Laura hit 21 of his first 22 pass attempts and finished 27 of 32 for 245 yards. Dean Janikowski kicked four field goals for Washington State as well. - Washington State/AP College Football


(DS#21 RB) Sr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  11/19/21 - Max BorghiSr/2022, Washington State, 5-09, 211 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Max Borghi rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns in the last home game of his career, Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr. each had two touchdown receptions, and Washington State became bowl eligible with a 44-18 win over Arizona on Friday night. A season filled with drama at Washington State (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12) surrounding former head coach Nick Rolovich - fired last month for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine - will likely end with a bowl trip for the Cougars. Borghi ran for touchdowns of 26 and 2 yards on a foggy night on the Palouse where the field at times was obscured and snow flurries fell through the air. His previous career-high of 128 yards came in the 2019 season opener against New Mexico State. "That was classic Max Borghi," Washington State interim coach Jake Dickert said. "Our fans will remember Max and obviously he's gonna be a hall of famer here one day, so it was exciting to put a stamp on his career like that." Arizona has allowed 173 yards per game on the ground this season, but the Cougars surpassed that total with ease.

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura was 13 of 22 for 259 yards passing. De Laura hit Harris for an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a 30-yarder in the third quarter that gave Washington State a 37-7 lead. De Laura also hit Jackson on a 43-yard TD late in the first half less than a minute after Arizona had scored to pull within 14-7. Jackson added the capper with a 78-yard TD reception from de Laura in the fourth quarter. - Washington State/AP College Football


(DS#21 RB) Sr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  NOV 1 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ron Stone Jr., RS Jr., Edge, Washington State (San Jose, CA),...Third time a Washington State player has won this award in the last five weeks. Brennan Jackson took it home in both Week Five and Week Seven...Anchored a Cougar defense that forced five Sun Devil turnovers in WSU's 34-21 win in Tempe. Stone finished the day with six tackles, four solo, two tackles-for-loss, one sack and a fumble recovery...Of Stone's six tackles, two were behind the line of scrimmage and the other four went for three yards or less. Stone currently ranks second in the Pac-12 in tackles-for loss (10.5) and tied for third in sack (5.5). Also nominated: Hauati Pututau, DT, Utah; Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC; Jalen Harris, DE, Arizona; Voi Tunuufi, DT, Washington. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#19 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Ron Stone Jr.Washington State
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  OCT 18 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Brennan Jackson, RS Jr., Edge, Washington State (Temecula, CA),...Wins this award for the second time in the last three weeks. He is the only Washington State player to win this award since its inception in 2019...Was a disruptive force, putting together his best performance of the season. Despite going up against 2 of the best tackles in the conference, Johnson was productive, not giving the quarterback much time to throw...Recorded six total tackles, three solo, one sack and one fumble recovery in the victory over Stanford...Jackson was at his best in the fourth quarter as he registered three tackles. Also nominated: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon; Junior Tafuna, DT, Utah; Tyler Johnson, DL, Arizona State; Trevon Mason, DL, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#34 DE) rSr/2023 DE Brennan JacksonWashington State
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  10/17/21 - Max BorghiSr/2022, Washington State, 5-09, 211 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1:30 left in the game as Washington State came back to beat Stanford 34-31 on Saturday in what was possibly the last game for WSU coach Nick Rolovich because of his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The state of Washington has set a deadline of Monday for all public employees - including the Cougars' coach - to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Rolovich has applied for a religious exemption and his future with the team hangs on the answer.

Rolovich, who is the highest paid state employee at more than $3 million per year, has refused to be vaccinated for unspecified reasons, in defiance of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's mandate. He is the only unvaccinated coach in the Pac-12. "I'm going to come to work tomorrow and get ready for BYU," Rolovich said after the game. "This is not in my hands." Borghi's winning score was set up by a 41-yard pass reception by Calvin Jackson Jr. Borghi finished with 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns. "It's good to get Max involved," Rolovich said. "I'm proud of him." Quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns for Washington State (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12), which won its third straight game and holds a five-game winning streak against Stanford. "He was really mistake-free," Rolovich said of his sophomore quarterback. - Washington State/AP College Football


(DS#21 RB) Sr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  10/14/21 - Liam RyanrSr/2022, Washington State, 6-5, 293 (DS#33 OT) + More +

  OCT 11 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Liam Ryan, Gr., LT, Washington State (Chino Hills, CA),...Anchored an offensive line that helped produce 491 yards of total offense in WSU's 31-24 win over Oregon State....Played a total 71 plays at left tackle, grading out at 96 percent with six knockdowns...Ryan did not allow a pressure or sack on the afternoon...2nd time this Ryan has won this award, winning it in Week 1 in 2019 and just the 3rd Cougar to win it since the award began in 2019 (Abe Lucas, November 2019). Also nominated: Bamidele Olaseni, LT, Utah; Dohnovan West, C, Arizona State; Nous Keobounnam, OL, Oregon State. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#33 OT) rSr/2022 OT Liam RyanWashington State
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  OCT 11 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: George Hicks III, Gr., Safety, Washington State (San Bernardino, CA),...Career-high 10 tackles and an interception in WSU's 31-24 victory over Oregon State...Recorded his 1st interception of the season late in the 1st half ending an Oregon State rally and keeping it a one-score game...Had 7 tackles in the 2nd half, including the final tackle of the game as OSU came up 1 yard short of a first down inside the red zone in the final minute...1st Washington State player to win this award since Jahad Woods won it in November 2018. Also nominated: Jack Jones, CB, Arizona State; Mika Tafua, DE, Utah; Avery Roberts, ILB, Oregon State; Otito Ogbonnia, DL, UCLA; Anthony Pandy, LB, Arizona. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#37 FS) rSr/2022 FS George Hicks IIIWashington State
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  OCT 4 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Brennan Jackson, RS Jr., Edge, Washington State (Temecula, CA),...Totaled 4 tackles, 3 solo, with a sack for 10 yards and a pass breakup...Helped WSU defense hold Cal to just 6 points, the lowest opponent total against WSU since shutting out San Jose State 31-0 in 2018...Set the tone on the first play of the second half with a 10-yard sack as Cal went 3 and out and WSU scored on the next possession for the final margin of victory...1st Washington State player to win this award since its inception in 2019...Also nominated: D.J. Davidson, NT, Arizona State; Thomas Booker, DE, Stanford; Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC; Keonte Schad, DL, Oregon State. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#34 DE) rSr/2023 DE Brennan JacksonWashington State
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  SEPT 13 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Travell Harris, R-Sr., WR, Washington State (Tampa, FL),...Finished with a total of 188 all-purpose yards, including 58 on 3 punt returns and 50 on 1 kickoff return. The 50-yard kickoff return is the 3rd longest of his career and 7th time he's had a kickoff return of 40 yards or more. Had career-long 22-yard punt return which led to a Cougar touchdown...Had 80 receiving yards on 6 receptions including 2 touchdowns...2nd time he's won the award and the first time a Washington State player has won since Harris won it in September 2018 as a redshirt freshman...2nd straight week the winner is originally from Tampa, Florida (Arizona State's D.J. Taylor)...Also nominated: Kyle Ostendorp, P, Arizona; Eddie Czaplicki, P, Arizona State; Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Alex Stadthaus, PK, USC. - Pac-12 Conference Football

(DS#41 WR) rSr/2022 WR Travell HarrisWashington State
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  Washington State's Jarrett Guarantano was named Thursday to the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top upperclassman quarterback in college football. The grad transfer from Tennessee landed on the same list last season, when he threw for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns against four picks for the Volunteers, adding four rushing scores in seven games. The New Jersey native was a four-year letter winner with the Volunteers, starting 32 games in that span. Guarantano passed for 6,174 yards and 38 touchdowns on a 61.1% completion rate at Tennessee and was one of just three Vols quarterbacks to throw for over 400 yards in a single game. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jarrett GuarantanoWashington State
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  Travell Harris, a senior wide receiver/kick returner from Florida, was named to the Hornung Award watch list for the third consecutive season, joining 56 other players from across the country. Harris was used in a multitude of ways last season, his first in Nick Rolovich's run-and-shoot offense, and finished fifth in the Pac-12 Conference in all-purpose yards per game with 146.5. He was also seventh in the conference in total receptions (29) and receiving yards per game (85) and was 11th in total touchdowns, with three. During the shortened four-game 2020 season, Harris led the Cougars with seven plays of 20-plus yards - six receiving and one rushing - and enters the 2021 season with 66 career kickoff returns, which is one shy of a school record. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#41 WR) rSr/2022 WR Travell HarrisWashington State
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  Although media members may be in wait-and-see mode with Washington State's football team as a while, picking the Cougars to finish sixth in Tuesday's preseason poll, most seem to be fairly bullish on Max Borghi and Abraham Lucas having standout seasons that could catapult them even higher in the 2022 NFL Draft. Borghi, WSU's senior running back, and Lucas, a senior right tackle, were both selected to the preseason All-Pac-12 First Team as chosen by the league's media members.

Though Borghi and Lucas were the only Cougars selected to the First or Second Team, a handful of others made all-conference honorable mention, including wide receivers Travell Harris and Renard Bell, left tackle Liam Ryan, linebacker Jahad Woods, defensive lineman Brennan Jackson and cornerback Jaylen Watson. Preseason all-conference ballots were submitted prior to Bell, WSU's sixth-year senior wideout, announcing on social media he'd torn his ACL and would be sidelined for the 2021 football season. It's the second year in a row that both Borghi's and Lucas' names appeared on the preseason First Team, though it wasn't a guarantee either would return to Pullman this fall. - Spokesman-Review


(DS#8 OT) rSr/2022 OT Abraham LucasWashington State
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  07/27/21 - Renard BellrSr/2022, Washington State, 5-08, 165 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  When the shortened 2020 season ended, it appeared Washington State's football team would have a chance to return all four of its starting receivers in 2021. Suddenly, that number is down to just one. Renard Bell, WSU's longest-tenured receiver and one of the Pac-12's top producers in 2020, will sit out this fall due to an ACL injury, he announced Friday afternoon on social media. Bell led the Cougars in receptions last season, reeling in 33 passes against Oregon State, Oregon, USC and Utah. He led the Pac-12 in receptions per game at 8.2 and was third in receiving yards per game at 95.7. Bell tied for the team lead in touchdown catches (2) and ranked second to Travell Harris in total receiving yards with 337. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Renard BellWashington State
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  07/26/21 - Max BorghiSr/2022, Washington State, 5-09, 211 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  In the wake of national laws that now allow college athletes to capitalize off name, image and likeness, Washington State's most recognizable football player has joined the ever-growing Cameo movement, and plans to share his earnings. Senior running back Max Borghi, who this week was named to watch lists for the Doak Walker Award and Biletnikoff Award, announced on Twitter Thursday he's partnered with Cameo, a social media application that allows celebrities to send personalized video messages to fans for a fixed price.

Borghi will charge $70 per personalized video, but doesn't intend to keep the money he makes from Cameo. Cameo, which launched in 2016, has become a popular platform for fans wishing to receive personalized video messages from their favorite athletes, musicians, actors, comedians, etc. Messages are often used for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and weddings, although WSU utilized the app to add flair to its spring game, obtaining customized messages from Christopher McDonald, who played Shooter McGavin in the film "Happy Gilmore," and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo. - Spokesman-Review


(DS#21 RB) Sr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  07/25/21 - Max BorghiSr/2022, Washington State, 5-09, 211 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Although his involvement in Washington State's passing game won't be as heavy as it once was, Cougars running back Max Borghi was still named to the award given to college football's most outstanding receiver. Borghi was one of 51 college football players named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list on Thursday. While most watch list recipients are wide receivers, any player who catches a pass - wide receiver, tight end, slot back or running back - is eligible to receive the award.

In his lone appearance last season, Borghi rushed for 95 yards with an eight-yard touchdown and caught one pass against Utah. Though he had just one reception in 2020, Borghi still enters the 2021 season third in school history for catches by a running back (140). He's also fourth in WSU history with 29 total touchdowns and fifth with 20 rushing touchdowns. The nomination for Borghi comes just one day after he was named to the watch list for the 2021 Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation's top running back. - Spokesman-Review


(DS#21 RB) Sr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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