Like Insurance, You Hope You Don’t Need Him, But Kyle Bosch Is There
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kyle Bosch will remain one of the leaders of West Virginia’s offensive line – one just hopes he isn’t the one to start a play.
Bosch is the emergency back-up center for the Mountaineers, and though it’s hope he’s never used, it’s nice to have the security of a top-end player, even for a line that allowed the second fewest sacks in the Big 12, and helped an offense finish as the 17th best in the nation in scoring.
“It’s definitely different,” Bosch said. “Eighth grade was the last time I did under center snaps, and I think this is the first time I did shotgun snaps with full pads in my life. It’s a learning experience, and it’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. All those years of giving (former WVU center) Tyler (Orlosky) flak about BYU and other situations come full circle.”
Despite the center position at the college level being new to Bosch, just a few practices in contact gave him a lot of confidence in his ability to play center in a game-time situation.
“If you were to ask me that two days ago I’d probably say a month,” Bosch said when asked if he could play center right now if needed. “After today my snaps were a lot more under control, my hike points were all very good. I’d much prefer to play guard, but if it’s an emergency for me to play center then that’s what I’d play.”
Playing the center position adds more weight for Bosch to be a leader in this year’s offense as both a senior and with playing as of the more important positions in the offense.
“Last year me, Tyler (Orlosky), and everybody were all very fluid in the ways we called defense out and very attentive to the ways we called defenses out.” Bosch said. “There’s no difference to that compared to last year, it’s just being a senior you have to have more responsibility anyway so just being a center you have to be more vocal.”
First year offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and Bosch also must be on the same page in order for the team to be more successful.
“Every now and then I’ll go to him,” Bosch said. “He’s a very intelligent coach, he’s very pro-player. So if there’s a problem and it correlates with the offensive line, he’ll come to me, or he’ll come to (tackle) Colton (McKivitz), anybody that’s got some experience and ask him ‘what’s going on?’ or ‘What do we need to do?’ to make things much smoother.”
Despite the changes in the coaching staff along with losing an important player in center Tyler Orlosky, Bosch believes the team is building good chemistry after the first week of practices.
“As a team we got a lot better,” Bosch said. “I think if you came seeing us in our underwear and helmets on, it’s just a lot of moving parts and now it’s starting to come together when you’re starting to be able to mesh up, take people to the ground, and the defense is getting after it, the offense is getting after it. That’s where we’re trying to build up that Mountaineer mentality, and that’s where it all comes from.”