The 2017 Mountaineer profile series continues with senior left guard Kyle Bosch. A transfer from Michigan, Bosch was inserted right away and locked the position down. He’s improved yearly and this year looks to take home two coveted prizes, the Piesman Trophy and the creepy Dana action figure.
Kyle Bosch, OL, #62
Year: Senior (Redshirt)
Hometown: St. Charles, Illinois
High School: St. Francis
How he got to Morgantown
Bosch was an all-state lineman in Illinois as a junior and senior before committing to the University of Michigan to play for Brady Hoke. Bosch saw action as a true freshman, making his first collegiate appearance against Indiana and his first start against Michigan State. As a sophomore in 2014, he saw action in the season opener against Appalachian State before redshirting for the rest of the season.
After the season, Bosch and his father met with new head coach Jim Harbaugh. At the conclusion of the meeting, Bosch was seeking a transfer. His ultimate destination: Morgantown, West Virginia.
As a Mountaineer, Bosch has been an immediate starter. He started all 13 games in 2015 and 2016. He has anchored the line that has produced over 480 yards per game while rushing for 228 yards per game. Bosch started 26 straight games at right guard but this season will see him take over the left guard position.
Bosch has seen snaps at both guard positions and center, but for now appears to be anchoring the left guard spot. Bosch is already being watched as a possible Outland Trophy winner, being named to the preseason watch list. With Bosch, the Mountaineers have a strong, intelligent guard capable of controlling defensive linemen and getting to the second level with linebackers. At left guard, Bosch may not be asked to pull as much as the right guard, but his quickness could allow the Mountaineers to run trap plays to spring the shifty Justin Crawford.
Backups: Alec Shrine, redshirt sophomore and Zach Davis, redshirt freshman
Shriner came to West Virginia via the Florida pipeline, this time through Oviedo High School. Shriner, a 3-star defensive tackle prospect, first saw action along the defensive line. Shriner made the switch to the offensive side of the ball this year to help shore up a position that saw the graduation of three senior starters.
Zach Davis, a redshirt freshman out of St. Mary’s, West Virginia, will look to hold down the third team. Zach, a 6’-2”, 300 pound guard, was a three year letter winner at St. Mary’s and helped lead St. Mary’s to an 11-3 record as a senior, including advancing to the semifinals in the state playoffs.
2017 Dream Season
Bosch combines with his linemates to pave the way to 240+ yards rushing. The rushing attack opens up the passing attack and in the second half of games. In the opening game of the season, Grier, Crawford and White overwhelm the Virginia Tech Hokies, jumping out to a 35-point lead as the defense swarms the Virginia Tech offense. In an attempt to put icing on the proverbial cake, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and head coach Dana Holgorsen draw up a beautiful play fake with Bosch declaring as eligible. Bosch flares out and catches a Grier pass for a touchdown, humiliating the Hokies and securing his 2017 Piesman and Dana Holgorsen action figure.