Georgia freshman John Theus continues to work with the first-team offense at right tackle as he’s done for the majority of preseason practices, coach Mark Richt said.
Georgia has yet to name him a starter, but if the 2012 signee does indeed start Sept. 1 against Buffalo, he’ll be just the third true freshman to start at offensive tackle in a season opener for the Bulldogs since freshmen became eligible in 1973. The others: Trinton Sturdivant (2007) and Adam Meadows (1993).
According to Georgia, nine other true freshmen offensive linemen have started in that time in their first season: centers Ben Jones, Nick Jones, Steve Roberts and Jack Swan and offensive guards Cordy Glenn, Clint Boling, Kevin Breedlove, Steve Roberts and Kim Stephens.
Theus would be the sixth true freshman offensive lineman to have started in Richt’s 12 seasons. Three redshirt freshman have also started: Justin Anderson, Daniel Inman and Chris Davis.
Quarterback Aaron Murray said he hasn’t noticed that Theus is a rookie. He said he’s certainly not in there “shaking and crying. He’s out there, doing his thing, manning up.”
“Getting thrown in as a true freshman is tough, especially learning the offense and learning the speed,” redshirt junior guard Chris Burnette said. “He’s done a great job of just listening and learning and just getting better.”
Theus or Watts Dantzler would move to left tackle if something happened to Gates, Richt said.