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Phil Dawson among UT Athletics 2012 Men's Hall of Honor inductees

Major Applewhite (Football, 1998-2001), Phil Dawson (Football, 1994-97), Winthrop Graham (Track, 1987-89) and Jim Hudson (Football, 1962-64) are among the eight-member class.

September 17, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- Eight distinguished and decorated former University of Texas student-athletes are to be inducted into the Men's Athletics Hall of Honor later this fall.

The 56th Men's Hall of Honor class includes Major Applewhite (Football, 1998-2001), record-setting quarterback and 1999 co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year; Phil Dawson (Football, 1994-97), All-American kicker; Winthrop Graham (Track, 1987-89), Olympian and national champion hurdler; and Jim Hudson (Football, 1962-64), safety on UT's first national championship team.

Founded in 1957, the Longhorn Hall of Honor is one of the most cherished athletics traditions at The University of Texas. Its governing body -- the Longhorn Hall of Honor Council -- is made up exclusively of men who have lettered at UT. Each year, a selection committee nominates 16 candidates whose names are distributed to the Hall of Honor Council. To be eligible for nomination, a letterman must have completed his eligibility 10 years prior to the year of election. The four nominees receiving a majority of votes are inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor.

Vintage selections Mike Dean (Football, 1968-70), Preston Davis (Track/Cross Country, 1963-65), Hub Ingraham (Football, 1950-53) and Dr. Carey Windler (Team Orthopedist, 1987-present) round out the class.

The induction banquet for the 2012 class is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The dinner ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m., and tickets are $60 each. Those interested in attending this special event can purchase tickets through the T-Association by calling 512-471-6864.

Applewhite, currently the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Longhorns, was UT's team captain as a senior in 2001 when he capped his career by throwing for a school-record 473 yards in the Holiday Bowl. His bowl-game-record four passing touchdowns pushed UT past No. 20 Washington 47-43, and Applewhite was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame last summer. The 1999 co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year set school records in career (8,353) and season (3,357/1999) passing yards. Applewhite established UT freshman records with 2,453 passing yards and 18 TDs and was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 1998. That same year against Oklahoma, Applewhite found wide receiver Wane McGarity with a 97-yard pass, the longest scoring play in UT history. Following his playing career, Applewhite spent one season as a graduate assistant coach at UT, and then coached quarterbacks at Syracuse in 2005. He served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice (2006) and Alabama (2007), and Applewhite returned to his alma mater as a running backs coach in 2008.

Dawson was a four-year starting placekicker who finished his career with 13 Longhorn records, including all-time marks for scoring (339), field goals (59) and field goal accuracy (74.7 percent). Dawson made 15-straight field goals in 1996-97, a UT record, and connected on six-straight field goals of at least 50 yards in 1995-97 to establish another program best. A two-time Lou Groza Award semi-finalist, Dawson also was named First Team All-Big 12 in 1996 and voted First Team All-SWC as a freshman. Currently in his 14th NFL season with the Cleveland Browns, Dawson resides in Austin, Texas, during the offseason.

Graham is the first UT male track athlete to win medals at two separate Olympics, claiming two silver medals in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and 1992 games in Barcelona. He also won two World Championships representing his native Jamaica. A six-time All-American at UT, Graham won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 400 hurdles in 1989. He holds the top 10 times for UT hurdlers, topped by his 48.04 mark in Seoul. Since leaving UT, Graham has remained an active supporter of UT Athletics and is currently in the natural foods business in Austin, Texas.

Hudson played defensive safety and quarterback during a UT career that paralleled with the Longhorns' rise to national prominence. The defensive standout had a team-high five interceptions on UT's 1963 national championship squad. He also ignited UT's win over Bear Bryant and top-ranked Alabama, 21-17, in the 1965 Orange Bowl with a 69-yard scoring pass to George Sauer. Hudson played six seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets. A native of La Feria, Texas, Hudson has previously been inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Davis won SWC Cross Country titles in 1963 and 1965, and the three-year letterman won the 1966 conference title in the 880-yard run in a school and league record time. Davis was a finalist in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1968, the same year he won the Jerry Thompson Mile at the Texas Relays. Following a private coaching career, Davis is retired and living in southern California.

Dean was a two-year starter for the Longhorns during the 1969-70 national championship seasons. A top blocker despite a slight, 200-pound build, Dean is a member of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

Ingraham lettered in both football and baseball while also serving as a member of the Air Force ROTC. Ingraham was a multi-dimensional player on offense and defense for the football team. He has continued to represent UT with the Texas Exes and other active community committees.

Windler has been the orthopaedic surgeon for UT's men's athletics teams since 1986. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston after graduating with honors from Texas Tech. Windler has served as president of the Texas Orthopaedic Association and named a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

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