Major Applewhite is a former college quarterback who is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Houston. Applewhite is best known for his time as the starting quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns. While at the University of Texas, Applewhite was very successful being named the Big 12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 and being named the MVP of the 2001 Holiday Bowl.
While Applewhite was successful in college, he was not highly sought after by NFL teams. White participated in a number of NFL preparation exercises and performed well, including getting a Wonderlic test score of 26. While he was not drafted, Applewhite was signed by the New England Patriots after the draft.