Prior to Georgia’s matchup with South Carolina two weeks ago, former Georgia star David Pollack, now a broadcaster on ESPN’s College GameDay, called starting offensive tackle John Theus a “liability” for the Bulldogs against the Gamecocks.
“Reporters say stuff,” Theus said. “It is what it is. Pollack was a great player here, and he does his job and he does it well. His opinion is his opinion. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
Theus, a true freshman, was tasked with containing South Carolina’s 6-foot-8 defensive end Devin Taylor, who finished with three tackles, a pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and a half tackle for loss in South Carolina’s 35-7 victory.
“Maybe, if he watched that game, (Pollack) had a different opinion,” Theus said. “There was a lot of stuff that myself and the team needed to improve on. It was a rough game overall, but I think I played decent. I still have a long way to go, but I think I played decent.”
Theus said he doesn’t focus on what the media says, and he learned of the comment after the game was over. One member of his family, however, wasn’t too happy to hear Pollack’s comment.
“Mama doesn’t like that,” Theus said with a smile. “I love my mom to death, and she sticks up for me and my brothers like no other. I love her for that.”