Strong Cougar (and Husky) ties for WSU's Bosch

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Elliott Bosch has come a long way in the Palouse. Joining the Cougs as a preferred walk-on in 2009, the now-redshirt senior offensive lineman started all 12 games at center in 2012, earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention accolades in the process. As long as the road has been for the Spokane native, Bosch's family ties with Washington State started well before he was alive.

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His great, great grandfather played for Washington State in the 1930s as a running back and linebacker. "Had to go both ways back in those days," Bosch said Friday at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day at Sony Pictures Studios.

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Bosch said his great, great grandfather passed away in his 50s, so all he knows about him comes from what his grandmother has told him.

"He was just a really good guy," Bosch said. "He loved athletics, he loved teaching kids, and I think he's a great ambassador for the program."

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Being from the Pacific Northwest, Bosch has relatives who went to both Washington and Washington State, but was quick to point out that he "always liked the Cougars more" so "it was a pretty easy decision to go [to Washington State]."

Now that he's playing for Washington State, he says he gets a lot of family support from both Husky and Cougar alums... or so his relatives tell him.

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"Ever since I started playing for the Cougars, they all claim that they'll root for the Cougars at Apple Cup, but I don't know if I believe that," Bosch said. "It's a little divided between my dad's side of the family and my mom's side, but that makes it fun."