Let the Ma­jor just be him­self

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Ma­jor

Applewhite played the wait­ing game, and it’s about to pay off.

He paid his dues, flrst as a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant at Texas, then as a quar­ter­backs coach in the foot­ball waste­land that was Greg Robin­son’s 2005 Syra­cuse team. Pro­fes­sional growth came in one-year stints as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Rice and Alabama be­fore re­turn­ing to Austin in 2008 as an as­sis­tant.

No stranger to be­ing sec­ond in line — fans still haven’t for­given Mack Brown for leav­ing Chris Simms in the 2001 Big 12 ti­tle game too long while Ma­jor sat — Applewhite is the ob­vi­ous choice to lead this of­fense. Some other of­fen­sive as­sis­tants were pro­moted Wed­nes­day to fancy ti­tles, but make no mis­take: this of­fense is Applewhite’s baby. It’s his turn now. Applewhite’s flrst as­sign­ment as the lone play caller will be the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, which will come 11 years and one day af­ter he threw for 473 yards and four touch­downs in his last Longhorns game, a 47-43 Hol­i­day Bowl win over Washington.

Ma­jor al­ways wanted to be a head coach, and at only 34, he is about to take his next step to­ward that goal. Truth is, Brown should have handed the of­fense over to Applewhite when he over- Get full Longhorns cov­er­age at

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