Jan. 8, 2006
Major Applewhite will be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on new Rice head coach Todd Graham's first coaching staff.
One of the top quarterbacks in University of Texas history, Applewhite was the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse University in 2005. In 2003-04, he was the graduate assistant on the offensive staff at Texas, where he was influential in the development of all-America quarterback Vince Young.
"Major Applewhite, just that name speaks for itself," said Graham. "He's a winner. Watching him as a competitor at Texas, seeing the type guy he was as a winner and acheiver, he brings us instant credibility to where we want to go offensively.
"We want to spread the field and throw the football, and every quarterback and receiver in this state will be interested in Rice with Major as our offensive coordinator."
In addition, Graham announced that David Beaty, the Owls' new wide receivers coach, will also coordinate the passing game, and Todd Dilbeck, the new offensive line coach, will coordinate the running game in the new Rice offense.
Applewhite, 26, had a 22-8 record as a starting quarterback with the Longhorns. Finishing his career in 2001, he is UT's all-time leader in passing yards (8,353), passing touchdowns (60), passing attempts (1,065), and total offense (8,059).
The Longhorns' team captain in '01, he helped Texas to four straight bowl games: the 1999-2000 Cotton Bowls, and the 2000-01 Holiday Bowls. He was the Holiday Bowl's co-offensive MVP in his final college game in '01, leading the Longhorns to a 47-43 comeback win over Washington.
Applewhite was the Big 12's freshman of the year in '98 and shared the league's offensive player of the year honors as a sophomore in '99.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Applewhite threw for 50 TDs and ran for eight more in two years as a starter at Catholic High School. He was tabbed an honorable mention prep all-America by USA Today after leading Catholic High to a 13-1 record and number-10 national ranking as a senior. He was 25-2 as a schoolboy starter.
Applewhite completed his UT degree in sport management in Dec., 2002.