The 10 Best players on 2013 Cougars: No. 8

THE COUGS HAD a couple too many players in the two-deeps that were walk ons or former walk ons this spring – Mike Leach even alluded to it. But that doesn't mean walk ons earning scholies is a bad thing. Indeed, plenty have developed into legit Pac-12 players at WSU. The eighth member of our countdown, and the only former walk on to make the list, has established himself on the Pac-12 gridiron.

It began as a request from Scout.com, asking CF.C for a list of the 10 best Cougar football players for 2013. We solicited subscribers, readers and twitter followers, put it all into our crystal ball and then had our editors come up with the list. Today, we reveal the ninth member of the line up ...

8. Elliott Bosch

Bosch surprised a lot of people this past season when he earned his first career start at center in the 2012 opener. It was the first of 12 consecutive starts.

Say what you will about WSU's 2012 offensive line - and there's plenty to be said. But on an o-line that surrendered an ungodly amount of sacks on a team that went 3-9, Bosch still somehow gained recognition as Pac-12 honorable mention.

Not bad for a former walk on who first arrived at WSU as a 6-3, 230-pounder in 2009.

He checked in this spring at 6-4, 274 pounds.

BOSCH ARRIVED AT Washington State out of Spokane as a three-year starter at Class 4A powerhouse Ferris High. And he turned down scholarship offers from Montana and Eastern Washington, as well as overtures from the Ivy League, to do so.

Bosch, a two-way prep standout, was initially ticketed for tight end at Wazzu. A redshirt year later, he was lining up at both guard and center. And he continued to pack on the pounds and muscle.

UNDER LEACH, Bosch became the Cougs' starting center and remained so during the 2012 season for one simple reason -- he was the most consistent performer on the WSU offensive line.

Bosch, who was put on scholie by former coach Paul Wulff in 2011, continued his stranglehold on the center position this spring.

IF WASHINGTON STATE were to play a game right now, Leach has said four of the five starting o-linemen would be walk ons or former walk ons.

That's too many. The odds of having four starters who began as walk ons develop to the point they're all upper tier linemen in the Pac-12 is razor thin. Leach's comment post-spring on having that many walk ons starting up front was telling: "You try to avoid that, but it's a reality," he said.

But Bosch is what you want in a former walk on -- a guy who out on the field earned both his starting spot and scholarship, and who will be competing for Pac-12 honors again this season.

"He's going to work himself into being a real good player for us," Wulff said back in 2009 when Bosch joined the Cougs.

"Helluva ballplayer – athletic, good speed and tough as nails," said former WSU All-America safety and CF.C contributor Paul Sorensen around the same time.

Leach has been saying pretty much the same things about Bosch the last year and a half.


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