Brown: Four QBs Are 'Too Many'

Texas has four scholarship QBs on campus, with at least one more on the way. Something's gotta give. So what does this mean for John Chiles, Sherrod Harris and G.J. Kinne?

Just 15 months ago, the Horns did not have a single healthy scholarship QB in the immediate aftermath of Colt McCoy's neck injury at Kansas State and Jevan Snead's decision to transfer. Now, coach Mack Brown's QB cupboard runneth over with two-year starter McCoy, dynamic John Chiles, rifle-armed G.J. Kinne and RS-sophomore Sherrod Harris all taking snaps when the Horns done pads Tuesday during spring drills.

"Four are too many," Brown said. "We'll have to work that out. Right now, all four want to be quarterbacks. What we'll do is end up with two who have the best chance to play, and the other two need to keep growing."

Or, perhaps consider a position change. For now, Brown squelched off-season rumors that Chiles would move to WR, the spot where Texas coaches originally recruited him.

"Very definitely, John is a quarterback," Brown said. "We are not planning on moving him."

In fact, coaches want to expand on a package that gets Chiles and McCoy on the field at the same time. Coaches flirted with the package early in the 2007 campaign but then Chiles did not play during the final four games of the regular season. However, he came off the bench to score an early TD in Texas' 52-34 Holiday Bowl win against Arizona State.

"We really didn't need it (two-QB package) after Jamaal Charles) had the great run during during the last six games," Brown said. "When we were fumbling and not doing well at mid-season, we were thinking more of heading in that direction, but then Jamaal got hot. John is such a talented athlete and John wants to be a quarterback. He does not want to play another position."

Coaches will not put both QBs on the field at the same time during the first half of spring football because "we want to see John as a quarterback. We want to see him throw. We want to see what kind of progress he's made."

And therein lies the rub on Chiles. An extraordinarily gifted runner, Chiles was hardly perceived as a passing threat during limited exposure as a true freshman. He was 1-of-9 passing (for 17 yards) in seven games while rushing for 191 yards and two TDs on 36 carries. Coaches point out that legendary Vince Young was hardly a polished passer at the end of his first year while Brown quickly dismissed criticism of Chiles' technique as "overblown."

"Technique is only talked about when quarterbacks are not completing passes," Brown said.

Harris' RS-freshman season was limited by an early MCL injury. He finished his prep campaign as the third-leading passer (4,321 yards) in the Arlington ISD history but has yet to complete a collegiate pass. Harris saw action in just two games last season.

"We want Sherrod to have a chance to compete at quarterback because he did not have a fair chance after he hurt his knee earlier in the season," Brown said. "He would like to have a chance to get back in that mix."

Brown always wants three healthy QBs next to him on the sideline and, in all probability, Harris is battling Kinne for the No. 3 spot behind McCoy and Chiles. A two-time Texas 3A Offensive Player of the Year, Kinne completed his prep career at Gilmer where he led his team to a 10-1 mark and a No. 11 state ranking. His 11,695 yards of total offense rank third while his 130 TDs passing rank second all-time in Texas high school football history. Kinne started three years at FS, throws an 90 MPH fastball and, yes, he wants to play quarterback at Texas.

"We've learned that quarterbacks just want to play quarterback," Brown concluded. "They don't want to play anywhere else. If you try to make them play somewhere else, they'll never be happy. If they move from quarterback, it needs to be because they decided to move than because we moved them."

All aspirants can begin to make their moves when the pads come on Tuesday afternoon.

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