Athletics News

The 2005 Hall of Fame Inductees


Krista Davey was a four-year letterwinner with the women's soccer team (1996-99), joining the program one year after its inaugural campaign.The three-time First Team All-Big West Conference selection led the Mean Green to a 51-22-3 record during her career and helped buildthe foundation for a program that never had a losing season at the time of her induction into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame. The Houston, Texas, native was named to the Soccer Buzz First Team All-Central Region Team in 1997 and 1998 and still ranked among the top five North Texas players in every major statistical category in 2005. While Davey ended her career as North Texas' all-time leader in goals and points, she still ranks second all-time at the school for career assists (24), fourth for most points (101), fourth for career goals (38) and fifth for game-winning goals (8). Following her outstanding collegiate career, Davey was drafted in the third round (23rd overall pick) by the Washington Freedom of the WUSA (Women's United Soccer Association).


Burkley Harkless, a nosetackle for North Texas in 1965 and 1966, was a big part of the 1966 defense which allowed just 118.4 yards rushing per game (fifth fewest allowed in school history). That team allowed just 413 rushing yards, the fewest in the Missouri Valley Conference that year. Not only for his efforts that season, but both years at North Texas, Harkless was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Team.The Bay City, Texas, native participated in the 1967 Coaches All-American Game as a member of the West Team. Prior to attending North Texas, Harkless was a two-time All-America selection at Wharton County Junior College in 1963 and 1964.


Rudy Levarity is possibly the greatest sprinter to ever attend North Texas, still holding the school records in the 100-meter dash (10.18),200-meter dash (20.50) and 800-meter relay (1:23.84) at the time of his induction into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also amember of the 1981 400-meter relay team that holds the second-best time (39.84) in school history. His 100-meter dash time of 10.18 was the seventh fastest time in the world for the year 1981. Levarity also set the school record for the indoor 60-yard dash (6.22) and still holds the indoor 300-yard dash (30.50) best time. The Nassau, Bahamas, native was named the Dallas Morning News Track Meet's outstanding athlete in 1981 and was the 1980 Martin Luther King Games 100m champion. Levarity, who was a two-year letterman (1980-81), was the second North Texas men's track and fi eld athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships. He advanced to the NCAA Championship's semifinals in the 100-meter dash and fi nished seventh in the 200-meter dash in 1980.


Charles Shepard was a four-year letterman with the football team from 1951-55 as an offensive back and following his outstanding collegiate career was drafted by the by the Baltimore Colts before going on to success in the Canadian Football League as a punter. While at North Texas, Shepard was a team captain and an All-Gulf Coast Conference selection in 1955. After his brief career in the NFL, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He was the team's leading punter from 1957-62, set the league record for the longest punt of 95 yards and was awarded the MVP of the Grey Cup championship game in 1959. The Dallas, Texas, native played on four Grey Cup championship teams and was inducted into the CFL Winnipeg Hall of Fame.


Brian Waters played ironman football as a tight end and defensive lineman for the Mean Green from 1995-98 and was an All-Big West Conference selection his senior season. He led the Mean Green in receptions in 1996 with 28 and also hauled in four receiving touchdowns the same year. Waters signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1998 and has since gone on to stardome in the NFL as an offensive lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Waxahachie, Texas, native became the fi rst-ever NFL offensive lineman to be named the league's Player of the Week and was also a Pro Bowl selection and named to the NFL All-Pro Team in 2004.


Lance White, a standout linebacker at North Texas from 1983-86, was North Texas' fi fth all-time leader in tackles at the time of his induction into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame with 325 to his credit. White was an All-Southland Conference selection in 1984 and 1986 and also named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press. White, a member of the 1983 Southland Conference championship team and two-time defensive captain for the Eagles, led North Texas in tackles in 1984 and 1985. He recorded a career-high 126 tackles in 1984 that rank tied for third as the most ever in a single-season by a North Texas player. White was also named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week once and on the Eagle Honor Roll, Academic Honor Roll and Dean's List his senior season The Fort Worth, Texas, native graduated from North Texas in 1986.