May 12, 2017 – Happy Birthday Carlitos Bostic!

Michigan Football Team 1987 | bigbluefootballhistory.com
Carlitos Bostic (#99) is pictured above with the 1987 Michigan Wolverine Football Team. Bostic is seated in the second row – second man from the right. Bo Schembechler is to his immediate left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today is a great day to wish a BIG BLUE Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Carlitos Bostic. Carlitos Bostic was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He grew up in Ypsilanti and attended Ypsilanti High School. Carlitos became an All-State football player for the Braves. He was named Most Valuable Player in his senior year. He wanted to play football for Bo Schembechler and for Michigan. So, that’s exactly what he did!

According to the 1987 Michigan Football Media Guide, Carlitos arrived in Ann Arbor in 1983. He burned his red-shirt that season so he could get stronger and acclimate himself to academic life at Michigan. Carlitos did not see action in 1984, but he played in every game during the 1985 season. He recorded 12 tackles (11 solo and 1 assist) that season and earned his first varsity letter. Michigan posted an excellent record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie that year and finished second in the Big Ten and second in the nation!

1986 Fiesta Bowl Program | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Carlitos Bostic and his teammates defeated Nebraska (27-23) in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl and finished second in the final AP and UPI polls. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Carlitos Bostic worked hard during the 1986 Spring Drills and the coaches were expecting big things from Carlitos at an outside linebacker position. On September 20, 1986, he was slated to make his first start against the Oregon State Ducks. Unfortunately, he twisted his knee in pre-game drills. Initially, it was believed that he hyperextended his knee and would only be out for 1-2 games. As it turned out, he tore ligaments and would have to have surgery. Instead of starting his first game, Carlitos was preparing for major knee surgery. What a bummer!

Carlitos impressed his coaches with his tremendous work ethic while he was rehabbing his knee. Prior to the 1987 season, he learned that the coaches needed him to play on the defensive line, instead of in the linebacking group. No problem! Carlitos put in the extra time and learned the techniques and keys for the defensive line positions. He was determined to play in his final season and the coaches knew it! Carlitos didn’t earn any starts in 1987, but he saw a lot of action and earned his second letter. He recorded at least one tackle in 10 of Michigan’s 12 games. Michigan finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. They finished fourth in the Big Ten with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.

So, Carlitos Bostic finished his Michigan career with his head held high. He totaled 27 tackles and forced 2 fumbles while mostly starring on Michigan’s special teams. He overcame some serious adversity and made the best of it. Fortunately, he stayed and became a “Champion” in 1986, just like Bo promised!

Of course, Carlitos Bostic would not be the topic of today’s blog if he wasn’t connected to some Michigan football “firsts.” Here are the best ones that connect Carlitos and Michigan Football:

  • Carlitos Bostic played in the first ever games against Maryland in 1985.
  • Bostic also played in the first games against Long Beach State and Alabama in 1987.

So, today is a good day to remember the accomplishments of Carlitos Bostic. His name is part of the long, the very long Maize and Blue line that stretches all the way back to 1879. Carlitos Bostic is one more reason that Michigan football is the winningest program in college football. Happy Birthday Carlitos and Go Blue!

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Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 137 year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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