Texas Co-Offensive Coordinator Major Applewhite Is Longhorns' Jack of All Trades

Kris HughesCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2011

Major Applewhite
Major ApplewhiteJeff Gross/Getty Images

Ask Major Applewhite what his role is with the Texas Longhorns and his response would probably be simple enough: co-offensive coordinator.

In reality, Applewhite wears multiple hats around the fields of the Forty Acres, each of which leave a lasting impression on the Texas football program.

Major is part recruiter, program ambassador and spokesperson. 

Oh yeah, he coaches a little also.

In yesterday's post-practice interviews with Mack Brown, Brown noted that Applewhite has taken on a new responsibility, sharing special teams coaching duties with long-time assistant Duane Akina.

As if he didn't already have enough on his plate.

Along with Bryan Harsin, Applewhite will be expected to help engineer a turnaround of one of college football's most talented, but turnover-prone and inconsistent offenses.

Harsin and Applewhite are in the process of implementing new schemes at Texas which should look to take better advantages of the team's athleticism and depth, and early reports are that things are going well.

The former Texas quarterback will also be working with running backs (as he has since arriving in Austin) and more directly with each of the quarterbacks vying for the starting job once the roster finally takes shape for 2011.

It's unclear as of yet what Applewhite's role will be in helping Duane Akina with special teams, but its reasonable to believe it will be in a motivational capacity.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native is a motivator and natural leader who left his mark on the Texas program as one of its most memorable quarterbacks in spite of starting under center for only a short period of time.

His quick ascension through the coaching ranks at Syracuse, Rice, Alabama and now Texas speak volumes about his reputation in the coaching fraternity and the future that lies ahead.

Walk around the Texas campus today and you will still see the occasional "White Apple" t-shirt on the burnt orange.

People have great memories of what Major Applewhite did for Texas as a player.

Chances are, if the so-called "Harsinwhite" experiment succeeds, and the Longhorns get back on their feet in 2011, the first chapter of Applewhite's coaching legacy at Texas will be far from his last.