PRO COUGS TRACKER: Max Borghi, more Cougs in XFL

Pro Cougs Tracker Feb. 24, 2023



WSU running back Max Borghi (21) waves to camera while running onto the field before a college football game against the University of Arizona at Martin Stadium, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports co-editor

The Chiefs won the Super Bowl and football season is over, right? Thanks to the Extreme Football League, it’s always football season, meaning there are more Pro Cougs to track.

Max Borghi reintroduced himself to football fans when he scored one of the first touchdowns of the young season for the Houston Roughnecks.

After a successful four-year football career at WSU, Borghi forwent his Covid year of college to play in the NFL. He was undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft and bounced from the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos to the Pittsburgh Steelers during spring and summer camp, but failed to make an NFL roster.

He was drafted to the XFL — and at least one game in — has impressed. Borghi rushed for 42 yards on eight carries, averaging 5.3 yards per carry Saturday.

Borghi’s next XFL game is Saturday against the Arlington Renegades in Houston.

Two former Cougs play wide receiver for the XFL in the state of Texas: Brandon Arconado for the Arlington Renegades and Travell Harris for the Houston Roughnecks. 

In three active seasons at Wazzu (2016 redshirt, 2017–19) Arconado racked up 82 receptions for 1,182 yards on 82 catches including eight touchdowns.

Harris racked up 1,999 yards on 179 catches along with 17 touchdowns in his four active seasons at Wazzu (2017–21). He scored three rushing touchdowns on eight carries.

On Saturday, Harris caught five of his 11 targets for 48 yards.

Defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao plays for the Vegas Vipers. At WSU (2012–15) he recorded 83 tackles and seven sacks. In the NFL, he racked up 27 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. In 2018, Vaeao won the Super Bowl as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Liam Ryan was drafted by the DC Defenders after spending time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad during the 2022 season. Ryan played at WSU for six seasons (2016–21).

On Feb. 12, former Cougar cornerback Jaylen Watson and the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

Watson racked up three tackles in the Super Bowl. The single Coug to win a Super Bowl this season.