Brown On The Move ... Again

FAYETTEVILLE — Anthony Brown is returning to his roots. Sort of.

Originally recruited as a wide receiver out of Mississippi Delta Community College, Brown spent only one redshirt season on the offensive side of the ball at Arkansas before being moved to defensive end in the spring of 2005.

Thursday, though, Brown was on the move again, this time going back to original position.

"Malcolm Sheppard really took some strides (at defensive end) and Anthony Brown, we're going to use him on a lot of special teams," said Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt. "So we're experimenting with that, and if we stay healthy we'd like to keep him at wide receiver."

While Brown returns to a position already deep in young talent, the biggest question for the 6-foot-6, 228-pound senior is whether or not he can actually move up the depth chart and earn playing time at his old spot.

"What makes it tough right now is just the numbers there," Nutt said. "They're already lined up there, and he's behind.

"But there's nothing like a 6-6 body."

With Brown going back to offense, his second-team defensive end position is expected to be filled by Sheppard, a 6-2, 250-pound true freshman from Bainbridge, Ga.

Asked if Brown's move would hurt the defense, line coach Tracy Rocker said not likely.

"It was best for the team," Rocker said. "It was best for Anthony and best for the team, so we'll just go from there."

Having coached Brown up close for the past year, does Rocker think Brown can make the adjustment back to offense?

"That's for those guys on the offense to figure out," Rocker said. "I worried about him when he was one of my guys. Now he's over there."

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