John Theus has moved quickly into the first-team offensive right tackle spot atGeorgia.
The freshman hasn‚Äôt been named the starter there, but he appears to have the inside track.
The highly-touted recruit fromJacksonville,Fla., ¬†spoke to reporters after this morning‚Äôs practice for the first time since officially reporting to .
Here are some comments from him:
On playing first-team right tackle: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm working it. Me andWatts (Dantzler) are alternating that right tackle and we‚Äôre both busting our butt out there. ‚Ä¶It‚Äôs my first camp so it‚Äôs a grind. It‚Äôs my first time out here with the big boys.‚Äù
On preparing this summer for right tackle and not left: ‚ÄúThis summer I just went into the summer weight lifting program with Coach T (Joe Tereshsinki) just trying to get bigger, stronger and faster. We went every day with coach T. ‚Ä¶I was on my platform. It was me,Watts, David Andrews and Greg Pyke. We were just getting better every day. When it came to work on our actual O-line drills as a team, I would work every position and just try to get there. All the guys brought me along and tried to help me get better. They‚Äôve really been a big help to me.‚Äù
On going up against Cornelius Washington: ‚ÄúCornelius is a man. There‚Äôs no doubt about that. Big, strong, powerful guy. It‚Äôs a different level up here. It ain‚Äôt high school anymore. There‚Äôs no breaks in practice. There‚Äôs no easy guys. All of these guys are out there busting their tails and going hard every rep. It‚Äôs definitely helping me to get prepared.‚Äù
On chippiness with Washington in practice: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not a contact sport, it‚Äôs a collision sport.‚Äù
On Jarvis Jones making it his mission to get him ready: ‚ÄúMe and Jarvis have had a lot of great talks. He‚Äôs been a big help to me. He‚Äôs been helping all the O-line along.‚Äù
On learning the playbook: ‚ÄúThe older guys have really helped me. We had the playbooks over the summer. ‚Ä¶Watts Dantzler, David Andrews, Kolton Houston, Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette, they all helped me over the summer get in my playbook and try to get my base down and get the calls down. It is a lot, but I try to take it day-by-day.
On how have held up working with No. 1 unit: ‚ÄúI come in the film room and there‚Äôs a lot of stuff I see I need to work on each and every day. These guys are really helping me get ready.‚Äù
On expectations of being a 5-star recruit: ‚ÄúNow it doesn‚Äôt mean anything. That‚Äôs nothing now. I‚Äôm just out here just like every other guy busting my butt.‚Äù
On how held up strength-wise: ‚ÄúComing in this summer, I knew I needed to work on my strength a lot. That was one of my weaknesses. Coach T definitely helped me get ready. We busted it this summer.‚Äù
On gash on nose: ‚ÄúThis actually happened the first day. ¬†My helmet was a little loose and came down and it scabbed over down. Every day it‚Äôs just been bleeding. It doesn‚Äôt really hurt.
On how comfortable he is: ‚ÄúI‚Äôm still getting comfortable. It‚Äôs a process. There‚Äôs a long way to go for me. Those guys out there are men. I‚Äôm not going against 17- or 18-year old kids. I‚Äôm going against 21 or 22 year old men.‚Äù
On what he needs to work on: ‚ÄúComing from my high school, it was a lot of Wing-T, down blocking, simple stuff. This is a lot more complex footwork. There‚Äôs a lot of little stuff to work on‚Äîyour footwork, your hands, seeing the defense, knowing what they‚Äôre going to do.‚Äù
On adjusting to the no huddle: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hectic. You‚Äôve got to be on your game. We all need to work on that. When you get up to the line, they make the call. It‚Äôs snap, snap. I‚Äôve just got to get in the playbook more and just learn my stuff. Once you know your stuff, you‚Äôre good.‚Äù
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