Applewhite named offensive coordinator at Rice

Updated: January 8, 2006, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Former Texas quarterback Major Applewhite has been named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice.

Applewhite's hiring comes a week after former Tulsa assistant Todd Graham was named to replace retiring Ken Hatfield as the Owls' head coach.

Graham said Applewhite brings instant credibility to the program which went 1-10 in 2005.

"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," Graham said.

Applewhite, 26, was the quarterbacks coach at Syracuse last season. In 2003-04, he worked as a graduate assistant at Texas.

Applewhite finished his career as UT's all-time leader in passing yards (8,353), passing touchdowns (60), passing attempts (1,065), and total offense (8,059). Texas went 22-8 with Applewhite as the starter and won four straight bowl games while Applewhite was there.

Applewhite, a Baton Rouge, La. native, was the Big 12's freshman of the year in 1998 and shared the league's offensive player of the year honors as a sophomore in 1999.

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