2015 Athletic Hall Of Fame Class Announced
Four Former Football Greats, A Basketball Legend And Men's Golfer Inducted
DENTON - Six Mean Green greats will form the 2015 class to the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame, the University of North Texas announced Wednesday. This year’s class consists of former football players John Baker, Scott Bowles, Andy Brewster and Jonas Buckles; men’s basketball’s Pat Hicks; and golf’s Dick Whetzle. The six will be inducted in a ceremony to be held in the spring of 2016.
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.
A 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.
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. 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 campaigns.
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.
One of the best point guards to ever suit up for North Texas, 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.
Whetzle was the first North Texas golfer to earn All-America honors in 1958, capping 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. Whetzle won the Southern Intercollegiate Championship in 1957 and ’58.
The school’s 33nd all-time class will be inducted in the spring of 2016 in conjunction with the North Texas spring football game at Apogee Stadium. The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame class will be recognized at North Texas’ homecoming game against Portland State on October 10. The six legends give the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame 186 members.