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The 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

John Baker - Baker was a record-setting, nationally-ranked punter during his three years at North Texas, and his season and career marks remain untouched. Baker transferred to North Texas from Blinn Junior College and in 1997 he averaged 47.2 yards per kick, which was the second-best average in the nation and destroyed the Mean Green school record. In 1998, he was the leading returning punter in the nation and he lived up to that billing averaging 42.2 yards per kick, then topped that his senior season with a 43.1-yard average, which resulted in a career-average of 44.0 yards per punt. Baker was a three-time Big West All-Conference player, He was named AP Third-Team All-America in 1997, Playboy All-America in 1998, and Third-Team All-America by The Football News in 1999. He played in the 2000 Tyco Gridiron Classic, and was named GTE Second-Team Academic All-America in 1998.

Scott Bowles -  6-6, 280 pound offensive tackle nicknamed “Big Daddy”, Bowles combined size with speed and quickness to excel at North Texas. In his freshman year, Bowles was named All-Conference in the Southland Conference, an honor he repeated his sophomore, junior and senior season. In 1990, Bowles was named a pre-season All-America nominee by the College Sports Information Directors of America. That season, Bowles capped his collegiate career by earning a first-team Division I-AA All-America selection. Bowles played on two North Texas teams that reached the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. In 1991, Bowles was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft and played two seasons of pro ball with the San Franciso 49ers and New England Patriots.

Andy Brewster - Considered the best offensive lineman from the Mean Green’s four Sun Belt championship teams, Brewster was the anchor of a line that enabled a stable of running backs set school and Sun Belt records. Although highly-rated coming out of high school, Brewster was under-sized at 230 pounds. By his senior year, Brewster was 6-2, 275, and a fixture on the offensive line. He was a starter for four years, including 50 consecutive games. Brewster helped pave the way for Kevin Galbreath to become the first back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons, and for Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas to top the nation in rushing in back-to-back seasons. With Brewster at center, the Mean Green won four-straight Sun Belt titles and made four-straight appearances in the New Orleans Bowl, Brewster was twice named to the Sun Belt All-Conference team.

Jonas Buckles - As a four-year starter during the Mean Green’s run of four-straight Sun Belt championships, Buckles was the leader of a secondary that rated as one of the top units against the pass in the nation. In 2002, when North Texas captured its second Sun Belt title and defeated Cincinnati, 24-19, in the New Orleans Bowl, The Mean Green secondary was the 13th best in the country against the pass, allowing just two opponents to throw for over 200 yards. As safety in those defenses, Buckles had 11 career interceptions, tying for fifth all-time at North Texas. As a redshirt freshman, Buckles had five interceptions, which tied him for fifth in the nation and earned him the first of his all-conference honors. Buckles was named to the Sun Belt’s All-Conference teams three more times, making him one of only five players North Texas players to earn four all-conference awards during his career.

Pat Hicks - One of the best point guards to ever suit up in a North Texas uniform, Hicks is the all-time leader in assists in school history. A wizard at the point guard position, Hicks finished his career with 526 career assists, nearly 200 more than the next closest in history. He led North Texas in assists in three straight seasons and had three of the top-four single season assist totals in history.  He had 171 assists in 1982-83, 156 the prior season and 154 as a sophomore in 1980-81. Hicks played all four seasons with the all-time leading scorer at North Texas, Kenneth Lyons, and no doubt was one of his biggest facilitors. Hicks still holds the school record for assists in a single game with 19, turned in against Loyola Marymount in 1981. That same season, Hicks dished out 16 assists and finished his career with three games of 10 or more assists.

Dick Whetzle - Whetzle was the first North Texas golfer to earn All-America honors in 1958 that capped off one of the most distinguished careers on the course. White at North Texas, Whetzle’s amateur career included victories in the Dallas City Amateur in 1956 and the Texas State Public Links Championship that same year. In 1957 he finished third in the Texas PGA tournament and made the cut at the Houston Open in 1958. Whetlze won the Southern Intercollegiate Championship in 1957 and ’58. He was the captain of the North Texas team in 1958 and was a first-team All-American. He guided North Texas to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship in 1957. Whetzle would go onto play professionally and played in four U.S. Open’s, two PGA championships and three National Club Professional Championships.

Fred McCain Award honorees - presented to individuals whose contributions and efforts advance the athletic program in major ways

Jim McNatt -
Jim earned his degree in general business administration from UNT in 1966 and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He is on the President’s Leadership Board, is a member of the Kuehne Speaker Series steering committee and the McConnell Society, previously served on the UNT Foundation board. and has made philanthropic contributions in autism and the National Merit Scholarship program. Jim’s contributions to the athletic department will be seen throughout the Mean Green Village, as Mr. McNatt’s generosity will help fund a new theatre-style auditorium for football, expansion of the football coaches’ offices, and major renovations at the soccer and softball complexes as well as the student-athlete academic center.

G. Brint Ryan - Brint earned his BS and MS in accounting from UNT in 1988. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Blue Key Honor Society. In 1997, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from the UNT Accounting Department. Brint was named a Distinguished Alum in 2009, and received the Outstanding Alum Service Award in 2003. He is chairman of the UNT System Board of Regents and is a steering-committee member for the Kuehne Speaker Series. As member and then a chairman of the Board of Regents, Brint has been instrumental in the development of many major athletic projects. He was one of the initial donors to the Athletic Center and to Apogee Stadium, where he is a suite holder. However, his biggest impact was his donation of one million dollars as part of the basketball-enhancement effort which resulted in Super Pit’s state-of-the-art center-hung scoreboard and sound system.

Bruzzy Westheimer - Bruzzy received his bachelor’s degree in administrative management from UNT in 1965. He serves on the President’s Leadership Board and the UNT Kuehne Speaker Series steering committee, is a member of the McConnell Society, and is a life member of UNT Alumni Association. Bruzzy also serves as president and CEO of the Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation. Those who regularly play golf develop a passion for the game, and Bruzzy’s love of the game began as a youngster when his uncle, Perry Maxwell, one of the most respected golf designers in the world, ignited a fire that continues today. Bruzzy has made multiple gifts to the North Texas men’s and women’s golf programs, headlined by helping fund a new practice facility at Maridoe Country Club, which began construction in the fall of 2015 and will provide Mean Green golfers one of the finest practice facilities in the country. He also funded customized vans for the teams, allowing them to travel in style. The balance of his gift will provide upgrades and support for our golf programs for years to come.