After a bumpy 1-10 year in 1989, Brewster's first in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels steadily improved, reaching the 10-win plateau in 1993 and 1996 and breaking through for an 11-1 campaign in 1997.
Were it not for the newcomer having its way with the Atlantic Coast Conference, UNC might have been the class of the league.
Now 16 years after his last year with the Tar Heels, Brewster is joining up with the old juggernaut. Brewster last week became the final piece of Jimbo Fisher's new coaching staff and will lead the tight ends at FSU.
"The thing that really attracted me to FSU was the tradition and history,” Brewster told Noles247 before officially accepting the job. “I really have a lot of respect for Florida State after playing against them for nine years when I was at North Carolina. I had an up close view of how dominant and strong the FSU program is.
“It's really exciting for me to be a part of a team that has a legitimate chance to win a championship.”
Brewster left with Brown for Texas after the 1997 and after four years in Austin spent five seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos.
In 2007, he was hired as the head coach at Minnesota and spent four seasons there.
Brewster should feel at home in this staff – he described both Rick Trickett and Sal Sunseri as friends and has known Randy Sanders for years. He also noted that he believes Lawrence Dawsey is “one of the best assistant coaches in the country.”
“Fisher has put together a great on-the-field staff and a unique recruiting staff,” Brewster said. “Everyone on the staff is a proven recruiter.”
Brewster inherits a tight end group that's long and talent and potential but has yet to truly break out during Fisher's three seasons as head coach. Nick O'Leary led the way with 21 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns a year ago.
"I'm very excited about coaching Nick O'Leary, he was a kid I recruited when I was the head coach at Minnesota,” Brewster said. “He has a lot of Jason Witten in him in the passing game. He really understands route running and has the ability to separate. He's going to be a real weapon for us on the offensive side of the ball.”
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