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I Know He's The Roommate, But Isn't He Also The Flanker?

I'm trying to work through a longer piece on the depth chart and for the life of me can't figure out what in the hell is going on at wide receiver. Check out the depth chart published on Notice anything strange?

According to the 2009 depth chart: Malcolm Williams, last year's starting split end, is now co-starting with John Chiles at Sub-B wideout, the position formerly occupied by Quan Cosby, while Jordan Shipley, last year's starting flanker, is this year's starting split end (backed up by Malcolm Williams and Dan Buckner), while James Kirkendoll and Brandon Collins move to co-start at flanker.

Confused yet? Yeah, me too. Best I can figure, either the intern tasked with publishing the depth chart slotted the receivers in the wrong positions on the published depth chart, or Greg Davis and Bobby Kennedy have decided Jordan Shipley is Texas' top downfield option at the split end position. To the extent a lot of these guys are interchangeable (and they are), it doesn't actually matter too much. That said, if the depth chart is correct, there's something to discuss here. Among the questions it would raise:

  • Has Malcolm Williams been struggling (or Jordan Shipley thriving) so much at split end to have convinced Davis the switch was necessary? Or might it be that Texas wants to get Ship-Williams-Kirk out there together, and Shipley's proving the better split end right now?
  • John Chiles in the Quan Cosby role makes sense to me, but Malcolm Williams? Can this be right? And if it is, would Williams succeed in that role? Would it be a misappropriation of resources?
  • Not that there's too much difference between what Texas does with the Sub-B and Flanker, and I'm certain these wideouts crosstrain and all, but... huh? We're moving Shipley and Kirkendoll-Collins, both of whom took the majority of their 2008 snaps from the Sub-B spot?

Again, if the depth chart is right and all this shuffling is correct, it's not exactly a cause for great concern. Just... confusing.