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  12/04/20 - Max BorghiJr/2022, Washington State, 5-10, 198 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Washington State running back Max Borghi hasn't played a snap during this shortened season after injuring his back during training camp. But the Cougars' top offensive weapon - and the Pac-12's leading rusher per carry last season - could make his long-awaited debut against USC. Borghi, who averaged 6.43 yards per carry in 2019, returned to practice this week. His status for Sunday's game against USC is unclear, but with the game pushed back from its previously scheduled date, the additional two days of preparation may help get him cleared to return. - Los Angeles Times

(DS#4 RB) Jr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  11/27/20 - Max BorghiJr/2022, Washington State, 5-10, 198 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  On Saturday, injured running back Max Borghi offered social media users a hint that he may return to the field this season, replying "fake news" to a tweet that suggested the junior would be sidelined the rest of the way. Rolovich offered more insight on Borghi's status during Wednesday's availability. "Every day is a positive thing for Max," the coach said. "...I do expect him to start progression - obviously you've got to start at practice, but I think that'll happen fairly soon." Will Borghi have an opportunity to suit up for the Cougars at some point in the next three weeks? "We're hopeful. We are hopeful," Rolovich said. "I know he is. I know he wants to go." - Spokesman-Review

(DS#4 RB) Jr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  NOV 16 PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Ayden Hector, Fr., DB, Washington State (Seattle, Wash.),...Hector registered four tackles, recovering two fumbles and an interception in the Cougars' game against Oregon on Saturday...On Oregon's second possession of the game, Washington State's Ahmir Crowder forced a fumble that Hector recovered, leading to a Washington State touchdown...On the next possession, Hector stepped in front of a pass from Oregon's Tyler Shough with under a minute to go in the first quarter...On Oregon's fourth possession, Cougars' Brennan Jackson stripped the ball from Oregon's CJ Verdell, with Hector recovering again, leading to a Blake Mazza field goal early in the second quarter...Hector, who joined the Cougars in October was a walk-on freshman, leads the Pac-12 in fumble recoveries with two so far...Also nominated: Brenden Rice, WR, Colorado; Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon; Charles Njoku, WR, UCLA; Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC; Dylan Morris, QB, Washington. - Pac-12 Conference Football

(DS#18 CB) Fr/2024 CB Ayden HectorWashington State
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  11/22/20 - Max BorghiJr/2022, Washington State, 5-10, 198 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  Nick Rolovich didn't completely shut down the possibility of Max Borghi returning to the field this season, but the coach's comments Monday night didn't inspire much confidence Washington State's junior running back would be plowing through defenders in a crimson uniform anytime soon. The Preseason All-Pac-12 First Team selection has missed consecutive games for the Cougars with an undisclosed back injury, and Rolovich was asked Monday night if he expected Borghi to return at any point this season. "I don't know," Rolovich said. "Still going day by day on that one. I guess we'll see how long the season goes." The final sentence of Rolovich's comment may be interpreted one of two ways. If the Cougars win at least three of their final five games, they'd become bowl-eligible, with an opportunity to play an eighth game sometime in late December, conceivably giving Borghi more time to rehab. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#4 RB) Jr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  For the third time in two months, someone who was counted on to play an integral role for the Washington State defense has opted to enter the NCAA's transfer portal. According to Rivals.com, Cougars senior "edge" Will Rodgers III, a 19-game starter the last two seasons and a starter in the team's season opener two weeks ago, entered the portal on Monday. Rodgers hasn't confirmed the news personally, but one day after WSU's 43-29 loss to No. 11 Oregon at Martin Stadium, the defensive lineman posted a tweet with a peace sign emoji and nothing else. Though Rodgers got a starting nod in the opener, the Cougars started Ron Stone Jr. at the "edge" position in the Oregon game. WSU rotates its defensive linemen frequently, so Rodgers still saw playing time, though the senior left the field for the injury tent in the fourth quarter and eventually retreated to the locker room. Rodgers had two assisted tackles in the opener, but none in WSU's most recent game. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#999 DE) Sr/2021 DE Will Rodgers IIIWashington State
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  The Honolulu native became the first true freshman to start for Washington State in a season opener and didn't stop there. De Laura's college debut went better than scripted, as the Hawaiian signal-caller accounted for three touchdowns in Washington State's 38-28 win over Oregon State. With his ability to scramble, de Laura added an element to WSU's offense the Cougars haven't seen in years, and perhaps not since another Saint Louis High graduate, Jason Gesser, played in Pullman. De Laura ran for one touchdown and finished with eight carries for 43 yards. He completed 18-of-33 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns through the air. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#26 QB) Fr/2024 QB Jayden de LauraWashington State
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  NOV 9 PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Jayden de Laura, Fr., QB, Washington State (Honolulu, Hawaii),...First true freshman in school history to open the season as the starting quarterback, de Laura completed 18-of-33 attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 43 rushing yards on eight attempts and a touchdown. He was the first true freshman Cougar to start any game under center since 2009...His first career TD pass came late in the first quarter, a 29-yard score to Travell Harris...His first rushing touchdown gave WSU a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter, a five-yard score. On the Cougars' next possession, de Laura found Harris again, this time on a 28-yard strike to the back pylon to give Washington State a 28-7 lead...Seven of his eight rushing attempts were for positive yards, including two for first downs. He was only sacked once in the game. Also nominated: Chip Trayanum, RB, Arizona State; Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon; Bru McCoy, WR, USC. - Pac-12 Football

(DS#26 QB) Fr/2024 QB Jayden de LauraWashington State
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  Jayden de Laura passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score in his college debut, leading Washington State to a 38-28 victory Saturday night over Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener for both schools. De Laura, a 6-foot, 195-pound freshman from Honolulu, completed 18 of 33 passes for 227 yards and also rushed for 43 yards. Deon McIntosh had 147 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Cougars amassed 456 total yards. Nick Rolovich got a win in his first game as coach at Washington State, which was without running back Max Borghi. The junior has 28 career touchdowns, including 16 last season.

The Beavers rallied late behind quarterback Tristan Gebbia and cut the lead to 31-28 with 2:39 remaining on Jermar Jefferson's 15-yard run, and Gebbia's 2-point conversion pass to Trevon Bradford. But Washington State recovered the on-side kick and scored on the next play - a 44-yard touchdown run by Travell Harris. Gebbia passed for 329 yards and a touchdown, and Jefferson ran for 120 yards and three scores, but it wasn't enough for the Beavers, who haven't had a winning season since 2013. Washington State extended its lead to 28-7 on de Laura's 28-yard touchdown pass to Harris midway through the third quarter. - AP College Football


(DS#26 QB) Fr/2024 QB Jayden de LauraWashington State
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  11/05/20 - Max BorghiJr/2022, Washington State, 5-10, 198 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  On a short list of candidates for Pac-12 offensive player of the year, Borghi figures a little differently in WSU's offense under coach Nick Rolovich than a year ago. Mike Leach used the junior running back primarily as a receiver in 2019, as he led WSU with 86 catches for 597 yards and five touchdowns. Borghi ran for 817 yards last season, but expect him to get more touches in the ground game under Rolovich. Borghi broke OSU's heart in last year, scoring the game-winning touchdown with two seconds left. - Daily Oklahoman

(DS#4 RB) Jr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  With the Pac-12 nearing a return to play, punters from the conference have been added to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award. That includes Washington State's Oscar Draguicevich III, a redshirt senior who returns to the watch list for the second time time in his career. Draguicevich III was one of only two punters from the Pac-12 added to the list Wednesday, joining Stanford's Ryan Sanborn. The WSU punter is one of 53 players on the list in total. Though he didn't meet the minimum punts-per-game average to qualify for the NCAA leaderboard, Draguicevich III still had the second-best average in the Pac-12 for the second straight year, punting 30 times for 1,352 yards and an average of 45.1 yards per punt. That ranked Draguicevich III No. 16 in the country. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#6 P) rSr/2021 P Oscar Draguicevich IIIWashington State
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  Lamonte McDougle, who was expected to play a big role on the interior of Washington State's defensive line this season, has indicated he won't suit up for the Cougars in 2020. Tuesday, the redshirt junior nose tackle posted a highlight video from his Instagram account with a caption reading, "#2021. you only as gangster as your accomplishments as a man so when I say I'm going "gangster" that mean I'm working on some." McDougle also alluded to returning to the field next season in an Instagram comment, writing "I'll be back in 2021 to give you the summary." Reporters haven't been able to view the team's preseason practices due to health and safety protocols, but McDougle hadn't appeared in any of the photographs or video WSU's media relations department has sent over the past three weeks. The former West Virginia defensive lineman and ESPN Freshman All-American didn't indicate specifically if he's opted out of the fall season, or if his absence was injury-related. - Seattle Times

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2022 DT Lamonte McDougleWashington State
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  10/17/20 - Max BorghiJr/2022, Washington State, 5-10, 198 (DS#4 RB) + More +

  For about a month, Oregon football fans stumbled on one piece of crushing news after another whenever they opened social media. Or, it must have felt that way. First, it was Outland Trophy winning tackle Penei Sewell, then standout cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, followed by another cornerback, Thomas Graham Jr., Jevon Holland and eventually Brady Breeze. It spread elsewhere in the Pac-12 North: Levi Onwuzurike and Joe Tryon of Washington, Walker Little and Paulson Adebo of Stanford. Washington State fans had to be skittish. When would all-conference running back Max Borghi join the laundry list of high-profile Pac-12 football players opting out of the 2020 season to get a head start on NFL Draft prep? In truth, those who watch Borghi play on TV probably pondered that idea more than the running back himself.

"No, I only ever considered opting in when everything was going wrong," Borghi said. "I was like, I want to play. This is why I'm here and I love football and I want to play no matter what it takes." No, Borghi isn't garnering the same pre-Draft buzz as Oregon's Sewell, UW's Onwuzurike or many of the other premier Pac-12 opt outs, but Borghi, with 2,154 all-purpose yards and 28 touchdowns, could've followed in their footsteps without getting mush pushback. It wouldn't have hurt to consult a few family members or coaches, right? Borghi, the only Power Five football player in 2019 with 800 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and at least 16 TDs, says he didn't even get that far in the process. "I made that decision on my own," Borghi said, reiterating "I love the game of football, I would never opt out." - Spokesman-Review


(DS#4 RB) Jr/2022 RB Max BorghiWashington State
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  In a span of 57 days, Washington State defensive back Skyler Thomas has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, removed it and now entered it for a second time. The redshirt senior from California explored playing options outside of Pullman when it seemed the Pac-12 wouldn't be holding a football season, entering his name in the portal on Aug. 18. Within a week of that decision, though, Thomas announced he'd be returning to WSU for his senior season. Now, the Riverside, California, native has changed his mind again, entering his name in the transfer portal on Wednesday.

First-year WSU coach Nick Rolovich confirmed a report from Rivals.com that Thomas had resubmitted his name in the portal. After taking Tuesday off, the Cougars returned to the field Wednesday for their fourth practice of this preseason camp. "We had a talk yesterday and he feels like it's the best thing for him right now, and we wish him nothing but the best," Rolovich said. "There's no ill will from either side, in my opinion. This is a real difficult time for all of these kids and I think right now we've just got to be as supportive as we can with them, and know who's going to roll with us and who's not. Skyler, we've been through a lot already in a short period, and I wish him nothing but the best in success in where he plays next." - Spokesman-Review


(DS#999 FS) rSr/2021 FS Skyler ThomasWashington State
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  Approximately one month after a controversial phone call between Nick Rolovich and Kassidy Woods leaked to members of the media, the Washington State wide receiver has indicated he plans to finish his college football career somewhere other than Pullman. According to 247Sports.com, Woods, a redshirt sophomore, entered the transfer portal Monday, becoming the fourth WSU receiver to make that decision in a span of just three weeks. The Cougars have now lost Woods, fellow redshirt sophomore Rodrick Fisher, senior Tay Martin and freshman Mike Pettway to the portal since Aug. 18. Seeing Woods' name in the portal doesn't come as a great surprise one month after he was in the middle of an incident with Rolovich, WSU's first-year coach, that drew national headlines. - Spokesman-Review

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Kassidy WoodsWashington State
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  John Bledsoe, a walk-on quarterback at Washington State and the son of former Cougar great Drew Bledsoe, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, he announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon. "After a lot of thought and careful consideration, I have decided to enter the transfer portal," Bledsoe wrote. "I want to thank my teammates, Coach Rolo and Coach Stutz for their support. I will always love my time in Pullman and will forever be a Coug. Excited for the future!" Bledsoe never played in a game for the Cougars and was shelved for the entirety of the 2019 season, his redshirt sophomore year, with an undisclosed leg injury.

Despite his status as a walk-on, Bledsoe, at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, possessed plenty of physical tools and showed flashes of potential during the team's scrimmages, leading some to think he could've had a chance to compete to replace Anthony Gordon before the season was shuttered by COVID-19. In the offseason, Bledsoe has spent time working out with Will Hewlett of QB Collective, the same coach who trained Gordon prior to the 2020 NFL draft. Bledsoe, a native of Bend, Oregon, will have two more years of eligibility beginning next fall, but would presumably have to sit out one season if he elects to transfer to another FBS school. - Spokesman-Review


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB John BledsoeWashington State
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