27 - Makai Borden
Makai Borden
Height: 5-11
Weight: 215
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
High School: Puyallup HS '05
Position: LB
Experience: 3L*

Career: The Eagles are 13-4 in the last two seasons with Borden in the starting lineup and 2-5 without him in it. Eastern is 14-5 in games he has played the past two seasons, and 1-4 when he hasn't played. Eastern is 14-6 overall in his 20 career starts.

2009: Listed as a starter at weak-side outside linebacker on EWU's preseason depth chart.

2008: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started seven games at middle linebacker, including EWU's first four. He missed three games in the middle of the season with an ankle injury as EWU was 4-3 with him in the starting lineup and 2-2 without him in it. Borden had a career-high nine tackles against Idaho State (9/27/08) in the 45-31 victory. He helped Eastern finish an impressive 11th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivison in rushing defense (93.5), as well as fifth in sacks (3.09 per game) and ninth nationally in tackles for loss (7.9 per game).

2007: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started 10 games at strong-side inside linebacker, with Eastern going 9-1 in those 10 games and 0-3 when he didn't start. He injured a toe in practice before the Portland State (9/29/07) game and did not play, and did not start the next game versus Montana (10/6/07). He also missed the team's last game of the season against Appalachian State (12/1/07) with a stress fracture in his foot. During EWU's five-game Big Sky winning streak, Borden had interceptions against Montana State (10/13/07) and Northern Arizona (11/10/07), and had a season-high eight tackles against Sacramento State (10/27/07). He was the team's defensive player of the week against Northern Colorado (11/3/07) when he had four tackles.

2006: Started three games at middle linebacker as an injury replacement to starter Shea Emry. The first start of his career came in EWU's 19-10 win at Montana State (9/23/06). He had the team's big hit of the week against Oregon State (8/31/06). He had 12 tackles in back-to-back games against MSU and Sacramento State (9/30/06), including five versus the Bobcats and a season-high seven against the Hornets. He also had an interception in EWU's 34-0 victory against Northern Colorado (10/14/06). He led the defense with five tackles and a pair of passes broken up in the Red-White Spring Game. In four total spring scrimmages, he was second on the team with 14 tackles and added a team-leading three passes broken up and 1 1/2 sacks.

2005: Redshirted. Was selected as EWU's Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He was the team's defensive scout team player of the week three times.

HS: Graduated from Puyallup HS in 2005. Was a first team All-State selection by the Tacoma News Tribune as a running back, and received honorable mention 4A All-State honors as a running back from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. He was also selected by WashingtonPreps.com as a second team 4A All-State selection at running back, and earned honorable mention as a defensive back. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 34 recruits in the state of Washington. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-Area first team as a running back. Was Co-Offensive Back of the Year in the South Puget Sound League South Division. He was a first team All-SPSL South Division selection as a running back and defensive back. Was a second team selection on Ron Siegel's preseason All-State team as an "athlete." Ranked as a "two-star" recruit by WashingtonPreps.com. He led the SPSL in rushing, finishing with 1,686 yards and 27 touchdowns. Puyallup finished 10-1 after losing to Kentwood 26-13 in the first round of the State 4A Playoffs. As a junior, he was selected to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area second team as an all-purpose back. He earned first team All-SPSL South Division honors as a defensive back and second team accolades as a running back. He rushed for 1,014 yards, caught 15 passes for 337 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Defensively he had 59 tackles (49 unassisted) with one interception, four fumble recoveries and a sack. His former EWU teammate Bryan Jarrett (‘03) and current teammate Mike Jarrett ('07) also attended Puyallup HS.

Personal: Born 2/6/86 in Wenatchee, Wash. His father Randy Borden played at BYU-Hawaii before shattering his wrist longboarding (surfing). First name is pronounced "muh-kie." Technology major.

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