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Remembering Pat Bostick

February 17, 2011

Pat Bostick, perhaps the most highly touted recruit of the Dave Wannstedt era, has decided to hang up the cleats with one year of eligibility remaining so that he may concentrate on Grad School.  In his career, Bostick only started nine games, eight as a freshman in 2007 and one as a sophomore in 2008.  He red-shirted in 2009 and served as a backup to Tino Sunseri in 2010.  Some may say his overall career was a disapointment from the recruitment hype he received.  We say that’s not entirely true.

Bostick, rated a 4* prospect by Rivals.com, 5* by Scout.com, came into Pitt with great fanfare.  He was supposed to be the next great QB.  Pitt beat out several big name BCS schools for his services, and he even committed his Junior year so that it was not a distraction for his senior year.

Just weeks before his Freshman season began in 2007, Bostick decided to leave the team and go back to Lancaster.  He returned days later and Bostick would have to fight his way to earn a role as backup QB with Kevan Smith.  However, in the first game of the season against Eastern Michigan, starter Bill Stull would injure his thumb, causing him to miss the rest of the year.  Queue the backups.

Smith would start the next 3 games, but would be largely ineffective as the Panthers would go 1-2, losing to Michigan State and UConn.  Bostick would relieve Smith in the second half of the UConn game and start the remainder of the season.  For the next seven games, Pitt would go 2-5.

One game remained in 2007, the 100th edition of the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia’s National Title hopes on the line.  The Mountaineers would be 28½ point favorites, but we all know how that turned out…a 13-9 win.

The following season, Bill Stull would return and would retain his starting job.  However in late October against Rutgers, Stull would suffer a neck injury forcing Bostick into the game.  The following week, Stull could not return to action and Bostick would be forced to make the ninth and final start of his career.  In one of the most memorable games in Pitt history, Bostick led the Panthers back from a 17-3 halftime deficit, tying the game at 24 by completing the third of three consecutive fade routes to Jonathan Baldwin with 2:22 remaining, and winning the game in quadruple overtime.  The game took so long that Notre Dame’s field sprinklers came on midway through the overtimes.

Despite starting 2-5 as a starter, Pat Bostick will have finished his starting career 2-0.  Those wins are the two signature wins of the Dave Wannstedt era.  Those are two wins we will never forget.  For that, we thank you Pat Bostick, and wish you the best of luck in the future.

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