This Cougar isn't being overlooked anymore

PULLMAN – Back in 2009 at WSU's annual football dinner in Seattle following letter-of-intent signing day, the video montage of the newest class of Cougs began, for alphabetically reasons, with a young man from Spokane that few knew was even in the class. And in a way, he wasn't, because he was coming in as a walk on.

But there on the screen was Elliott Bosch, an undersized tight end/defensive end-type from Ferris High School. Head coach Paul Wulff spared no words in assessing the then 6-3, 230-pounder who turned down scholarship offers from Montana, EWU and others. "He's going to work himself into being a real good player for us."

No truer words, it turns out.

While Bosch was something of an afterthought that evening in 2009 when the partisans elicited oohs and ahhs during the highlights of so many scholarship-winning members of the class who never panned out (William Prescott, Terrell Thompson, Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington, to name a few), he is now a bona fide success story.

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  • Mike Leach said this week that Bosch, who is now a 6-4, 275-pound starting center, has been the height of consistency this season on the o-line. And no other Cougar offensive lineman aside from Bosch has started every game at the same position. John Fullington's been at left tackle and left guard, Dan Spitz has been at right tackle and right guard, Jake Rodgers at left guard and right guard and Wade Jacobson at left guard and right tackle.

    Bosch truly has become an anchor at his center spot.

    THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY where matters stood at the beginning of fall camp, when Matt Goetz, the returning starter from last season, was widely presumed to be the man in the middle with Bosch and Taylor Meighen vying for backup duties.

    But the soft-spoken Bosch, who had earned a scholarship under Wulff and was coming off a very solid spring season, picked up where he left off in April and ended up grabbing the job by the horns early on.

    "He really does a good job of running the unit. He's really developing," said Leach, who also lauded Bosch's growth as a leader.

    "He proved that he deserves to be there," Cougar offensive line coach Clay McGuire told CF.C Tuesday.

    "He'll never be that rah-rah kind of guy, he probably never will be," McGuire said. "One thing he is, he's tough. He goes as hard as he can every day.

    "He's vocal when he needs to be. He communicates really well, he knows what he's doing, and he watches as much film as anybody. He's really done a great job."

    Bosch, who was also wooed as a prep senior by some Ivy League schools, has another thing going for him.

    "Elliott is smart," McGuire said. "He's rarely made a mistake calling out the coverage and he gets us in the right situations and right fronts.

    "He's vocal when he needs to be. He communicates really well, he knows what he's doing, and he watches as much film as anybody. He's really done a great job."

    BOSCH REMAINS TRUE to his humble beginnings.

    "Even in my second year I was kind of wondering if this was the right fight for me if this is what I wanted to be doing, ‘cause you're working really hard and you're not seeing any payoff and a lot of guys around you are getting the payoff so it's hard," he said this week. "I'm glad I stuck with it and it all paid off in the end."

    LITTLE KNOWN BOSCH TRIVIA: His uncle is WSU associate athletic director John Johnson.

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