Jamal Morrow came to WSU because he believed in Jim Mastro’s vision. He’ll leave as the best pass-catching running back the Cougars have ever had, and thanks to his success, WSU even has his replacement, Max Borghi, waiting in the wings.
SAN DIEGO – When highly-recruited running back Max Borghi out of Pomona High in Arvada, Colo., announced last week that he’d picked Washington State over Stanford, Jamal Morrow was one of the first Cougars to congratulate him.
“Muhhhh boy! Congrats brotha!” Morrow tweeted at the back who’s touted as the next iteration of himself – a running, pass catching maestro who has redefined what it means to play running back in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense.
Quite a lot has changed in the five years since Morrow signed with WSU in 2013 to the skepticism of many.
“People were like ‘Why you going there as a running back? It’s the Air Raid,” Morrow recalls.
Morrow and Gerard Wicks, who also signed in 2013, bought into the vision WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro sold: That the right type of running back could thrive in the Air Raid, and that pass catching skills honed along the way would make him valuable to NFL teams that want a multidimensional tailback.
On Thursday, Morrow, the quintessential Air Raid running back, will go into his final college game in the Holiday Bowl against No. 16 Michigan State (9-3) as the third-leading receiver in school history.
And WSU has signed Morrow’s replacement based in part on its ability to show Borghi an extensive body of work by arguably the most versatile running back to ever play for WSU.
“Watching him over the past years in the Air Raid has really drawn attention to running backs because of how they’re used,” Borghi said. “He has proved that running backs can put up freakish numbers in the offense because he is a very versatile player.”
With 198 receptions, Morrow trails only wide receivers Gabe Marks (316) and River…