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Numerical Roster Countdown: Day 19

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 today we'll be highlighting #19 on the Boise State roster—Josh Borgman

#19, Josh Borgman, Sophomore, CB



Height: 5'7"

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.


"The Borg"



"Resistance is futile." I think that is Boise State's motto this year, too.



Taylor Tharp

Career highlights

Named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008. Saw time in 12 games on special teams in 2009.

Career lowlight

Trying to cover Austin Pettis in practice.

2010 prospectus

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.