Today is a great day to wish a Happy Birthday to a Michigan Man named Carlos Brown. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Carlos Brown was born on this day in Newnan, Georgia. Carlos grew up in Franklin, Georgia where he became an outstanding football player. He starred on both sides of the ball as a running back and defensive back at Heard County High School. Brown earned a ton of honors including All-American honors from Parade Magazine in 2005. Yes, Carlos was another highly ranked prospect who decided to play for the winningest program in all of college football history.
Carlos Brown arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 2006. He was good enough to play as a freshman. However, he probably didn’t play as much as he wanted. Carlos logged 16 carries for 44-yards in his first season. He didn’t set the world on fire, but he earned his first varsity letter. The Wolverines finished the season with a final record of 11 wins and 2 losses in 2006 and finished second in the Big Ten.
Brown was ready to do more in 2007 and that’s exactly what happened. He carried the ball 75 times and gained 399-yards. Carlos scored four touchdowns and posted 2 games with over 100 rushing yards. He also averaged 5.1 yards per carry. The good news was that Carlos Brown had an excellent season in 2007. The bad news was that Coach Lloyd Carr retired at the end of the season. So, Carlos had no idea who he would be playing for in 2008.
As it turned out, Carlos was playing for a guy named Rich Rodriguez in the fall of 2008. He did everything he could do, but didn’t really fit into the Spread Offense. His numbers were way, way down. Carlos ended the 2008 season with only 29 carries and 122-yards. His average dropped to 4.2 yards per carry. It was not his best season and it was even worse for the team. The Wolverines finished the 2008 season with a dismal record of 3 wins and 9 losses. Ugh!
The good news is that things got better for Brown’s senior year. His personal productivity increased and Michigan’s record improved, slightly to 5 wins and 7 losses. Carlos posted career high numbers in every category. He totaled 81 carries, 521-yards, 4 touchdowns and averaged almost 6-yards per carry (5.9). Carlos also caught 10 passes for 122 yards and another touchdown.
My best memory of Carlos Brown was his career day against Eastern Michigan in 2009. He only carried the ball 13-times, but totaled 187-yards. He scored 2 touchdowns that day. One was on the third longest touchdown run in Michigan Football History – 90-yards. Check out the video from the Michigan Historian. Good stuff! (Note-his 90-yarder is in the 2nd Quarter)
So, Carlos Brown had a solid career at Michigan. He was a dependable, hard-running back for the Wolverines. He earned four varsity letters and weathered some really tough seasons in 2008 and 2009. Yes, today is a good day to wish a very Happy “Maize and Blue” Birthday to Carlos Brown. Thanks for the memories Carlos and Go Blue!
Which Wolverine placekicker holds the record for most 50-yard field goals in a career?
Hayden Epstein kicked a total of 26 field goals during his Michigan career which places him ninth on Michigan’s career field goal list. However, he is the only Michigan kicker to total four field goals of 50-yards or more. Bob Bergeron is second on the list with three 50-yarders.
When did Michigan play their first seven game Big Ten schedule?