What Chiles' move to WR will mean to Texas

February, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas coaches always have been fascinated by John Chiles' game-breaking abilities.

Now, they'll have the opportunity to use them in a different way as Chiles switches to wide receiver for the Longhorns' first practice of the spring.

In a way, the move is a little surprising. The Longhorns have only Sherrod Harris behind starter Colt McCoy at quarterback. It shouldn't hurt them this spring and may even benefit Harris' development as he will get more snaps behind McCoy.

Chiles likely will have trouble breaking into Texas' receiving rotation, considering the Longhorns' deep stable of talent at the position. It's hard to perceive him becoming much of a factor there considering players like Brandon Collins, James Kirkendoll, Malcolm Williams and Dan Buckner have already become established players in the system.

And even with the arrival of heralded incoming freshman Garrett Gilbert this spring, it's not an optimum situation as far as depth at quarterback.

Considering how much McCoy runs in Texas' basic offense, as well as the hits he took from blitzing defenders, he's only one shot from being knocked out of the lineup for an extended period of time.

Would that be enough to have Chiles moved back to his original position?

Or would Gilbert be good enough that Mack Brown would gamble an extended part of the season on an untested freshman?

The Texas coach assuredly doesn't want to have to play through those scenarios during the 2009 season.

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