Billy Cosh came to Butler County after stints at Kansas State and James Madison. What he found was a situation seemingly ready-made for an accurate passer in need of an opportunity. As Cosh readies for his final game for the Grizzlies, he talks about what led him to El Dorado, KS, and the NJCAA National Championship Game.
Billy Cosh has seen it all before. And he’s heard it all before, too.
“My dad told me a little bit about it,” he says, shaking his head. “I can see what’s real and what’s not. Going from Kansas State to James Madison to Butler, I’ve just learned to transition and mature as the years have progressed.”
Billy’s father has been around, and he knows what he’s talking about.
Chris Cosh is the defensive coordinator at South Florida. He’s spent time on the sidelines of ten different Division I programs as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator. He told his son about the program at Butler County Community College after he left JMU.
“I knew they had players, and that a lot of them had moved on and done well,” the younger Cosh recalls. “As an out-of-state guy, it’s tough to get one of those limited spots. It’s really, really competitive. I knew they had guys that could play.”
A 6-foot-1, 220-pound redshirt sophomore, Cosh has led the Grizzlies to a spotless 11-0 record and the school’s seventh title game appearance since 2000. He’s completed over 62% of his passes, throwing for 2,825 yards and 25 touchdowns, and has his sights set on delivering Butler’s sixth National Championship since 1998.
“We’ve always been known as a power football team and a play-action team,” he says. “We’ve integrated the Air-Raid offense, and it’s really helped our backs and our receivers. We believe in high tempo, getting the ball out quick and scoring a lot of points.”
“He’s an in the pocket QB, and that’s what I like,” Butler receiver Javess Blue says, describing his teammate. “You have to expect a pass being thrown to you every play. That’s why I run my routes full-speed every time. That’s a great thing to expect from a QB. He’s always on point.”
Butler will face Iowa Western on Sunday afternoon in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Reivers are 11-0 and the nation’s top-ranked junior college program, largely due to a record 24 all-conference selections.
“They are a very athletic team,” Cosh says of Iowa Western. “Their front four is really big. They have good linebackers. In their secondary, Isaiah Johnson is a great player – one of the best I’ve seen.”
“Their coaching staff does a good job of lining those guys up and putting them in position to be successful. It’s going to be a great matchup and a great test.”
With his one season in El Dorado drawing to a close, the two-star quarterback has landed scholarship offers from Houston, Akron, and Southern Mississippi. But mention his recruitment, and he doesn’t have much to say.
“I took an official to Houston last week, and I really liked the coaching staff and players there,” he says. “I like what they do on offense, being an Air-Raid team.”
“I couldn’t tell you, honestly,” he responds when asked what other schools could be close to offering. “If something pops up and I want to take a look at it, I will. Right now, I’m really just more focused on the game.”