Gibson came to Texas as one of the most highly touted guards in the nation, and he has more than lived up to the advance notices. Gibson was a McDonald's and Parade Magazine All-America for Jones High School in Houston where he set a Houston ISD career scoring record with 3,102 points. Gibson earned the starting point guard job at UT and through the end of January led the team in assists and steals and ranked second in scoring. In high school Gibson was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated sixth in a class of 212.
JAMIE CAREY Basketball
Carey completed her undergraduate degree in sociology in December 2003 and is now in the graduate sport management program as she plays her senior season. The UT point guard was Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2003 and was first-team All-Big 12 last season. She is a nominee for national player of the year awards for 2005. An Academic All-America for 2003-04, Carey received the Jimmy V Foundation Comeback Award last year for her return from injuries that almost ended her athletics career.
ANDRA MANSON Track & Field
The 2005 track and field season begins with Manson, a sophomore high jumper, one of the stars on the collegiate scene. Manson swept three major titles last spring, winning the NCAA Indoor Championship (7-3 3/4), NCAA Outdoor Championship (7-7 1/2) and the Penn Relays (7-5). A native of Brenham, Texas, Manson set an American Junior record of 7-7 in winning the 2002 World Junior Championship. He holds the Texas Relays High School record at 7-3 1/4.
SHERETTA JONES Track & Field
A junior from Houston, Jones earned All-Big 12 honors as a freshman and sophomore and last year won the Big 12 Conference Indoor 600 meters. At Forest Brook High School, she was a four-time district champion in the 400 meters. She was valedictorian of her senior class, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of Who's Who Among American High School Students. She is an active member of the UT Student Advisory Council.
J. BRENT COX Baseball
A junior from Bay City, Texas, Cox has been one of the nation's top relief pitchers the last two seasons and may see more duty this spring. He already has been named a preseason All-America by Baseball American and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Cox was first-team All-Big 12 as a relief pitcher in 2004 when he recorded a 6-2 mark and a 2.12 earned run average.
WYNTER TURNER Softball
A senior from San Pedro, Calif., Turner is in fourth season as the starer at third base where she has earned second-team All-Big 12 honors the last two years. Last Turner led the Longhorns in runs batted in with 34 and in home runs with nine. The nine homers is the second best single season mark in school history. Her two home runs in one game last season also shares a school record.
MATTHEW ROSENFELD Golf
Rosenfeld had a sensational fall season in which he posted three top-3 finishes including runner-up at the Western Refining All-America Classic in El Paso. The junior from Plano, Texas is a two-time honorable mention All-American. He's on the 2005 preseason All-America lists and starts the spring at No. 10 in the national individual rankings. Rosenfeld was Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2003 and last year was an Academic All-Big 12 selection.
ALISA SCHUKNECHT Swimming
A senior from Bend, Ore., Schuknecht is a tri-captain of the 2005 team, her second tenure as a team captain. She is a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection who last year earned third-team Academic All-America acclaim. In high school Schuknecht was a three-time USA Swimming Academic All-American. She was Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2002 when she won the 400 individual medley at the conference meet.
TONY JEFFERY Football
A senior from Houston, Jeffery was involved in the two biggest plays of the Longhorns season. He was the mostly forgotten holder on Dusty Mangum's last-second field goal that beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl. In November against Kansas he caught the winning TD pass from Vince Young with 11 seconds to play. Jeffery led Texas in receiving in 2004 with 33 catches for 437 yards and three scores.
MIRA TOPIC Volleyball
One of the best outside hitters in UT history, Topic ended her college career in December by earning first-team All-America honors. Previously she attained second team and honorable mention acclaim. Topic also was 2004 Big 12 Player of the Year and was a four-time all-conference honoree. A native of Croatia, Topic leaves UT as the school record holder in kills in a season (593) and kills in a career (2,116).