Thursday, August 23, 2007

19 Days, 19 Questions: #9

With 9 days left until KICKOFF, 'The Forty' is back in business and going to run down the top 19 questions for the upcoming year.

9: How will Texas use John Chiles this year?

Hey! Single digits! With that, it seems Mack & Co. have let us in a little on how they plan to use uber-talented backup QB John Chiles this year. Almost assuredly, Chiles will see some time against Arkansas St. How much he sees against quality opponents will be the real question. Could Chiles see time similar to Florida's Tim Tebow? In that case Texas would see Chiles somewhat sparingly and in mostly situations for him to use his legs.

It seems, like former Longhorn Vince Young, Chiles' legs seem to be more developed that his arm. While the coaches say he is blessed with a cannon arm, it is yet to be refined. But hey, where have Texas fans heard that before? That is not to say the coaches and fans are predicting the next Vince, but everyone is excited to see how far Chiles can be developed.

Chiles will most likely see limited time while Colt is manning the quarterback position. However, I think it is safe to say that Chiles' role will expand as his talents developed. Don't get it wrong, Chiles is a quarterback, but also don't be surprised if he is used in different aspects of the offense while Colt is at QB.

I am a little disappointed that Chiles will not get the chance to red shirt. If Colt stays until his senior year, Longhorn fans can only expect to see Chiles alone, under center for 1 year. I just think Chiles has too much talent to be used as a bit player in the offense. Here's to hoping Greg Davis and Mack can figure out the best way to use him.

My Prediction: Chiles will see time against Ark St., UCF and the lessers, while he is very sparingly used in the bigger games.

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