DENTON (7/1/05) -- The University of North Texas has announced its 2005 Athletic Hall of Fame Class, which includes four former football greats, one track and field standout and the first ever women’s soccer player to be named to the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame. The school’s 23rd all-time class will be inducted as part of the Mean Green’s annual Homecoming Weekend festivities on October 29.
Krista Davey (women’s soccer), Burkley Harkless (football), Rudy Levarity (track & field), Charlie Shepard (football), Brian Waters (football) and Lance White (football) make up the six-member class and gives the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame 140 members.
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 build the foundation for a program that has never had a losing season. Davey was named to the Soccer Buzz First Team All-Central Region Team in 1997 and 1998 and still ranks among the top five players in every major statistical category.
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, Burkless was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Team.
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). He was also a member of the 1981 400-meter relay team that holds the second-best time (39.84) in school history. Levarity, who was a two-year letterman (1980-81), was the second North Texas men’s track and field athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships. Levarity advanced to the NCAA Championship’s semifinals in the 100-meter dash and finished seventh in the 200-meter dash in 1980.
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 CFL, where he was the team’s leading punter from 1957-62 and awarded the MVP of the Grey Cup championship game in 1959. Shepard played on four Grey Cup championship teams and was inducted into the CFL Winnipeg Hall of Fame.
Waters played ironman football as a tight end and defensive line 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 touchdown’s 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. Waters became the first 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 last season.
White becomes the third North Texas linebacker to be named to the school’s Hall of Fame in the last two years, joining 2004 inductees Burks Washington and Byron Gross. White was four-year letterman from 1983-86 and is currently North Texas’ fifth all-time leader in tackles with 325 to his credit. The standout linebacker was an All-Southland Conference selection in 1984 and 1986 and also named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press. White was a member of the 1983 Southland Conference championship team and was the team’s defensive captain twice.