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Chiles' move to wide receiver on display at UT scrimmage

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

John Chiles wasn't satisfied sitting on the bench at quarterback behind Colt McCoy.

The result was his move to wide receiver earlier this spring in a bold transition that could provide another gamebreaking talent to the Longhorns' already explosive offense.

Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said that Chiles made his decision based on pragmatism before the start of spring.

"I think John made a great decision in that when we talked before spring training, he brought up to me that Colt was coming back and he would only have one more year left," Davis said. "And he said, 'I really think my best position would be wide receiver.' "

After losing eight pounds, Chiles is more physically ready for the demands at his new position.

And during the last several practices, Chiles has emerged as a solid playmaker at his new position.

"He's really, in the last part of spring, come on and been the productive guy," Davis said. "He'll play a position at which we throw a lot of balls really quickly to him and take advantage of his ability to break tackles. John has shown that ability to catch the ball and do something with it after the catch."

Texas' receiving corps was presumed before the spring to be one of the most stacked positions on the roster with returnees like Dan Buckner, Brandon Collins, Malcolm Williams, James Kirkendoll and Montre Webber back from last season. Additionally, All-American candidate Jordan Shipley is recovering from shoulder surgery and will be ready by fall practice.

But Chiles' abilities to run after making the catch might have in a good position to replace Quan Cosby as the Longhorns' top target on screens and short passes.

It will make Chiles' performance one of the most intriguing parts of the Longhorns' spring scrimmage on Sunday.