Hard to believe, but there are under 20 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple months without breaking the streak.
We've got 19 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #19 on the Boise State roster—Josh Borgman
#19, Josh Borgman, Sophomore, CB
Weight: 169 lbs.
High School: Centennial High School, Meridian, ID
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Well...we know that he walked-on, but we don't know much else. Broncosports conveniently neglected to post any of his high school stats or achievements, so I guess I'll have to dig a little. Looks like the diminutive corner was actually a two-time All-Idaho first teamer and finished his senior season with 34 tackles and 10 pass break-ups. Additionally, Borgman averaged nearly 30 yards/return on the punt team. Borgman had a scholarship offer from Carroll College.
"Resistance is futile." I think that is Boise State's motto this year, too.
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Named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008. Saw time in 12 games on special teams in 2009.
Trying to cover Austin Pettis in practice.
I think we've found our next Ia Falo. At 5'7", 170 lbs. and a demon on special teams...Borgman's similarities to Falo are almost eerie. Local walk-on of questionable size but unquestionable heart? Check. 3rd or lower on the cornerback depth chart, but a top performer on every special team imaginable? Check.
Falo is the best imaginable comparison for Borgman, and here's why: Borgman is never going to crack the 2-deep at cornerback...not with Taylor, Makinde, Gavins, Ewing, Murray, Douglas and a host of others clogging up the works, but he's already embraced another role that he can succeed in and he's no doubt relishing the opportunity. Ia Falo was never a starter for the Broncos, but his inspired special teams play was widely praised and served as a metaphor for the can-do spirit that Boise State embodies. Borgman, who won the special teams scout player of the year award as a redshirt and appeared in 12 games for the Broncos in 2009 (making 11 stops on special teams), will likely follow the same career arc as Falo—and that isn't a bad thing in the slightest. If you're looking to be inspired, watch the play of #19 this season...if not, just watch Idaho play.
Completely made up fact
For road games, Borgman likes to catch cat naps in the overhead storage compartments of the charter buses.