Elder Forzani lends his view to son's outlook

WASHINGTON STATE ANNOUNCED Tuesday that senior-to-be wide receiver Johnny Forzani has left the football team. Forzani's father isn't as sure, saying the younger Forzani is "on the bubble" academically for this season. Tom Forzani, a CFL Hall of Fame receiver, also said his son is only "leaning toward" leaving the Cougars and WSU to make himself eligible for the Canadian Football League draft.

The younger Forzani is spending spring vacation in Mexico, his father said, and plans to resume classes at WSU next week.

Asked about the elder Forzani's comments, WSU's Sports Information department stood by their announcement from earlier in the day that Forzani had left the team and didn't offer additional comment.

The younger Forzani, a youth hockey standout and high school basketball star in Calgary, Alberta, played only one season of football prior to last season.

Forzani's inexperience showed at times, but in a reserve role, he caught nine passes for 265 yards and a team-best 29.4 yards per catch in 10 games. He set a school record with a 99-yard touchdown catch against Arizona State.

Forzani was offered a tryout with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders last year. Forzani's uncle, John Forzani, owns the team. Forzani's godfather, John Hufnagel, is the coach and general manager.


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