Gunter Brewer enters his seventh overall season in Chapel Hill and second under head coach Larry Fedora as the Tar Heels’ passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Brewer coached five seasons in Chapel Hill from 2000-04 before returning in 2012 after stints at Oklahoma State and Mississippi.
Brewer was part of a Carolina coaching staff that helped establish more than 35 school offensive records in 2012. The Tar Heels finished eighth in the country in scoring, averaging a school-record 40.6 points per game and were 14th in total offense, averaging 485.6 yards per game. The passing offense was 26th nationally with a school-record 291.8 yards per game.
After he was hired in late December, Brewer recruited and eventually signed prized wideout Quinshad Davis from Gaffney, S.C. In his first year on campus, Davis broke Hakeem Nicks’ school record for a freshman with 61 receptions for 776 yards and five touchdowns. He became the first freshman to lead the team in receptions since Nicks in 2006. He also tied an ACC single-game record with 16 catches vs. Virginia. Brewer also coached senior Erik Highsmith to a personal-best 54 receptions. Highsmith signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings after the draft.
Brewer returned to UNC after serving one season as the associate head coach at Mississippi in 2011. Brewer was the lone assistant coach who remained on the Mississippi staff after Houston Nutt was dismissed at the end of the year. He headed up a transition team and had been asked to remain on the new Ole Miss staff.
Brewer is coaching with Fedora for the second time in his career. The two were on Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State offensive staff for three years from 2005-07.
Brewer spent six seasons (2005-10) at Oklahoma State and served in various capacities, including as co-offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, receivers coach and quarterbacks coach. His term in Stillwater included five bowl appearances and the program’s first Big 12 South Championship in 2010.
Brewer recruited and served as the position coach for Justin Blackmon, a unanimous first-team All-America who won the Biletnikoff Award presented to the nation’s top receiver. Blackmon finished the 2010 season as the national leader in receiving yards per game and was second in receptions per game. His 1,782 receiving yards were the most ever for a sophomore in NCAA history, and he set another NCAA record with 12 consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Blackmon was the third Biletnikoff Award finalist Brewer has coached, joining Randy Moss (1997 winner) and Dez Bryant (2008 runner-up). Moss and Bryant are also among 17 Brewer pupils that have gone on to professional football careers.
Brewer’s work with the Cowboy wide receivers was key in OSU finishing the 2010 season ranked second in the nation in passing offense and third in the nation in both total offense and scoring offense.
With Brewer as co-offensive coordinator, the Cowboys offense produced a pair of first-team All-Americas in Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter, to go with first-round NFL Draft picks in lineman Russell Okung and tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
In 2008, Brewer’s offensive unit finished top-10 nationally in rushing, total offense, scoring and pass efficiency. He was also the position coach for quarterback Zac Robinson, who was a finalist for the Manning Award and ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency and 18th nationally in total offense.
Brewer coached Biletnikoff semifinalist Adarius Bowman to consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2006 and 2007, while D’Juan Woods was a 2005 all-Big 12 pick and ended his career as OSU’s third all-time leading receiver in both receptions and yards.
Brewer’s stint at Oklahoma State was preceded by a five-year period at North Carolina (2000-04), where he coached three receivers who ranked among the top 20 in UNC history in receiving yards – Sam Aiken, Chesley Borders and Jaworski Pollock.
As the associate offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Marshall from 1996-99, Brewer coached Moss to stardom while helping the Thundering Herd to a 50-4 record over that time, including a perfect 13-0 mark and No. 10 final national ranking in 1999.
Brewer’s other career stops include Wake Forest, East Tennessee State and Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he served as head coach in 1995.
Brewer was a two-year letterwinner as a receiver at Wake Forest, where he earned his degree in science and health sports in 1987. In 1989, he was awarded a master’s in education with a specialization in exercise physiology from Ole Miss.
A native of Columbus, Miss., Brewer and his wife, Rhonda, have a son, Keaton, and a daughter, Lauren.
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