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December 17, 2012
The bowl practices have begun, and Texas has a new play caller making decisions. With former co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin accepting the head-coaching job at Arkansas State, Mack Brown did not think twice on who to appoint to take over this Major role.
"I told Major (Applewhite) two years ago that I felt like it would be unfair to put him in the position right after Greg Davis. He played for Greg, he coached with Greg, and I didn't think he would ever have a chance for it to be Major's input. It would always be 'Well he is still doing what Greg did.' That's not fair to him or Greg.
"So when he and I really thought about it, I didn't know it would be two years, but usually our guys who have some success get hired pretty quickly if they want jobs, and Bryan (Harsin) was a guy who came here to get a head coaching job. That's the only reason he left Boise. So I told Major to get himself ready to be the play-caller, because that day's going to come and it's going to come fast."
Major Applewhite has been a driving force in recruiting, both through his intensity and his history playing quarterback at the University of Texas. Mack Brown was not shy when expressing his hopes for Applewhite as a play caller.
"I think he'll be a star. I think he'll be really good at it. He's driven and has always been that way. And he has a way with the kids. They all really like him. He's really hard and really tough, but at the same time, they embrace that."
Major Applewhite will call the plays at the Alamo Bowl when the Longhorns take on Oregon State.