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A&M losing tight ends coach to North Carolina

It has been confirmed that Texas A&M tight ends coach Tim Brewster is headed to North Carolina to join former Texas head coach Mack Brown in Chapel Hill as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Brewster has family in North Carolina which appeared to be an important aspect of him taking the job.

Brewster single handedly transformed the Aggies’ tight ends corps as he brought in Jace Sternberger from Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College who led the Aggies in with 47 receptions, 804 yards, and 10 touchdowns this season. In addition, he helped sway Arizona transfer Trevor Wood to come to College Station as a graduate transfer and Wood played an important role as a blocker in the Aggies’ offense.

Brewster came to A&M after a five-year stint on Jimbo Fisher’s Florida State coaching staff from 2013-17. Over a 30-plus year coaching career, Brewster has been a collegiate head coach for four seasons, a NFL assistant coach for five seasons and an assistant coach at five different “Power 5” schools.

An accomplished recruiter, Brewster helped build the Seminoles’ top-ranked 2016 recruiting class, which featured 18 four- or five-star rated players as well as 13 Under Armour All-Americans and four U.S. Army All-Americans. Brewster helped the Seminoles’ recruiting classes rank in the top 10 of ESPN’s team rankings all five years he was on the FSU staff, including in the top five four times. Brewster was named the ACC’s Top Recruiter by ESPN and made 247Sports’ Top 10 Recruiters list and was among Rivals’ Top 25 Recruiters.

Florida State made the tight end an integral part of their offense during Brewster’s time in Tallahassee. Current NFL standout Nick O’Leary was a two-time finalist for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top tight end, and he won the award in 2014, as well as consensus All-America honors. Overall, O’Leary left Florida State as the school leader in every category among Seminole tight ends, including receptions (114), yards (1,591) and touchdowns (18).

It’s no coincidence that Florida State has had some of the nation’s top tight end play in Brewster’s time at FSU. Brewster was the tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers from 2002-04 and the Denver Broncos from 2005-06 after coaching that same position at North Carolina from 1989-97 and Texas from 1998-2001. Brewster coached All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates while with the Chargers and saw six tight ends sign NFL contracts during his UNC and Texas tenures.

Brewster joined the Florida State coaching staff in February of 2013 following a stint in 2012 as the wide receivers coach at Mississippi State where he helped the Bulldogs break several records.

Brewster was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2007-2010 before spending the 2011 season as a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He led the Golden Gophers to the Insight Bowl in both 2008 and 2009.

Prior to Minnesota, Brewster spent five seasons in the NFL. He concluded his second season as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos in 2006. Brewster instructed the San Diego Chargers tight ends from 2002-04 and held additional responsibilities as the team’s assistant head coach for the 2004 season.

During his tenure with the Chargers, Brewster oversaw the rapid development of Gates, who in 2004 earned first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press and a Pro Bowl selection after playing only his second year of football since high school. Gates set an NFL single-season touchdown record (13) for tight ends in 2004 while ranking third in receiving yards (964) and fourth in receptions (81) among NFL tight ends.

Before working for San Diego, Brewster enjoyed success coaching tight ends at the University of Texas (1998-2001) and the University of North Carolina (1989-97). He worked on Mack Brown’s staffs at both schools and developed six tight ends who signed NFL contracts.

In four years at Texas, Brewster tutored two tight ends who earned All-Big 12 Conference honors, including 1998 first-team selection Derek Lewis, and coached two players who signed NFL contracts in Lewis and Bo Scaife, who was drafted in the sixth round by Tennessee in 2005. Brewster’s tight ends at Texas blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons at the school, highlighted by Ricky Williams’ 2,124-yard season in 1998.

In nine years at North Carolina, Brewster mentored four All-ACC selections at tight end and helped the school advance to six consecutive bowl games from 1992-97. As recruiting coordinator, his efforts secured the talent that helped the 1997 team go 11-1 and finish fourth in the nation.

Brewster guided Alge Crumpler to a second-team All-ACC distinction and honorable mention All-America accolades from Football News as a sophomore in 1997. He also mentored Freddie Jones to a first-team All-ACC selection in 1995 and again in 1996 when Jones set a North Carolina single-season record for receptions by a tight end (32) to garner third-team All-America honors from Football News.

His tight ends at North Carolina were critical to the team’s rushing success as their blocking helped clear the way for five different 1,000-yard seasons, including Natrone Means’ back-to-back 1,000-yard years in 1991 and 1992. Greg DeLong, a first-team All-ACC tight end in 1994, twice earned ACC Lineman of the Week honors for his blocking in 1996 under Brewster’s tutelage.

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