Briarcrest inducts three into Athletic Hall of Fame
The Briarcrest Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize the various coaches, administrators, athletes, and friends who have contributed to the overall outstanding nature of the BCS athletic program.
This year’s recipients have been announced.
Julie Rose Knowles
Julie Rose Knowles (Class of 1998) was a varsity girls basketball (point guard) and soccer (forward) player starting in eighth grade at Briarcrest and was a four-year starter in both sports in high school.
She was the school all-time assist leader in basketball and her team went 33-0 her senior year winning Briarcrest's first State Championship in girls basketball. She was selected to play in the All-Star game for the State of Tennessee in both basketball and soccer in 1998.
Knowles received Best of the Preps, All Region, All Metro, All Tournament and Super Five awards throughout her career. She was a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee, and named AA player of the year in 1997 and 1998.
In addition, she won the Female Athlete of the Year for private schools in 1998. Knowles earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Auburn University and a Master’s in Education from Arkansas State University. She and her husband Mike have two daughters attending Briarcrest, Addyson and Georgia.
Brent Frayser (Class of 2005) was actively involved with the football, basketball and baseball programs throughout his high school years.
He served an equipment manager, statistician and coaches’ assistant under Hugh Freeze for football, Brian Stewart and Allen Pavette for baseball and John Harrington for basketball.
Frayser was a part of two football state championships in 2002 and 2004. He attended the University of Mississippi and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration.
He currently works at Northpoint Christian School in Southaven, Miss.
He serves as the athletics assistant and sports information director and also coaches baseball and football for Northpoint.
“My favorite Briarcrest athletics memories are winning the football State Championship over ECS my senior year and Coach Hugh Freeze’s pre-game speeches right before kickoff on Friday nights,” he said.
Michael Oher (Class of 2005) joined the Briarcrest football team his junior year. In his senior year, he took over as the starting left tackle and quickly became one of the top prospects in the nation.
He was a multi-talented athlete for the Saints being named state runner-up in the discus and helping lead the basketball team to a 26-6 record which resulted in the district championship. He still holds the discus record in track and field.
Oher went on to Ole Miss where he was a four-year starter beginning his career at guard, then moving to left tackle his sophomore year.
He ended his career with the Rebels with the third best active consecutive starting streak (47 games) among SEC players.
He was a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC choice as a senior in 2008 when he won the SEC’s Jacobs Award given to the conference’s top offensive lineman.
Upon completing his collegiate career, Oher was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the NFL Draft.
He went on to spend five seasons with the Ravens and was a starter on the winning 2013 Super Bowl team. In 2014, Michael signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent and started the first 11 games of the season as right tackle before being placed on the injury reserve.
This past March, Oher was signed by the Carolina Panthers where he remains on the roster as a 6-foot-4-inch, 315-pound tackle.
Oher was the subject of the best seller The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, which was made into a major motion picture in 2009. He also authored the book I Beat the Odds, published in 2011.