courtesy of texassports.com
As The University of Texas enters 2013, it looks to build on a 2012 season that culminated with a win over Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. With that, the Longhorns welcome a strong class of 15 newcomers on National Signing Day.
Of the 15, six were selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one was chosen to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game, one in the International Bowl, and two in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Five of the players are listed among ESPN's Top 150 national prospects, and eight are in the Top 300. The class also features several prospects who were honor roll students and most of the 2013 signees have been involved in community service efforts.
The success Brown and his staff have had in assembling and developing a series of highly-regarded recruiting classes goes hand-in-hand with the success of the Texas Football program in the last 15 years.
Under Brown, Texas has won nine of its last 11 bowls and has a 10-4 record overall, including a UT record streak of 12 consecutive bowl appearances. In the 15 years prior to Brown's arrival, Texas went to eight bowls and was 2-6. The 10 bowl wins is the most in Texas history, passing Darrell Royal's eight. In addition, Texas' streak includes a BCS National Championship, another BCS Championship Game appearance and three BCS Bowl wins.
Brown's 236 career victories rank 11th on the NCAA all-time list, and he is one of just three active coaches to have reached the 200-victory plateau. He is also one of only two coaches nationally to direct his teams to 20 bowls in the last 21 seasons and 22 winning seasons in the last 23 years, along with being one of only five active coaches at FBS schools to have won 100 games at their current school. He carries a 150-43 mark (.777) into his 16th season at Texas. The 150 wins is the third-most in the nation in the last 15 years.
Those streaks are a reflection of the continuing success Brown has brought to a program that managed at least 10 wins just three times in the 15 years prior to his arrival in 1998, but has done so nine times in his 15 seasons, including a streak of nine consecutive that is the second-longest in NCAA history. Brown has also led the Longhorns six seasons of at least 11 wins.
Under Brown, Texas has posted seven Top 10 finishes (2001, '02, '04, '05, '07, '08 and '09). Prior to his arrival, the last time UT finished in the Top 10 was 1983. Texas has also been one of only two schools in the nation to finish ranked in the Top 25 of both polls in 13 of the last 15 years with other being Virginia Tech. It is one of only three schools to do so in the coaches poll, including Florida, and one of only three to do so in the Associated Press poll, including Georgia. In addition, Texas leads the nation in all-time BCS rankings appearances with 102, which is nine more than Florida and Oklahoma.
In 15 seasons, Brown's Longhorns squads have featured a Heisman Trophy winner, two runners-up and a third-place finisher, three Maxwell Award winners, three Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award winners, two Doak Walker Award winners, two Thorpe Award winners, two Nagurski Trophy winners, two O'Brien Award winners a Butkus Award winner, a Lombardi Award winner, two Manning Award winners, a Hendricks Award winner, two Draddy/Campbell Trophy winners, a Disney Spirit Award winner, a FWAA Armed Forces Merit Award winner, 52 All-Americans, 71 first-team All-Big 12 selections, five Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year, five Big 12 Defensive Players of the Year and 12 Big 12 Freshman of the Year honorees.
During his time at Texas, Brown has also had 68 players selected in the NFL draft with 52 (76.5%) of those coming in the first four rounds.