OL Theus doesn’t feel like a freshman anymore

John Theus no longer considers himself a freshman.

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Offensive tackle John Theus said he's learned the playbook better as the season has gone along, and feels more comfortable with it now.

After enrolling in the summer, Theus was quickly pegged as Georgia’s starting right tackle, and the former five-star prospect has started every game for the Bulldogs this season.

“I definitely feel that I’ve come a long way, as far as the playbook,” Theus said. “I can’t consider myself a freshman anymore. I can’t use that as an excuse.”

Still, the Jacksonville, Fla., native has had his share of growing pains this season. In last week’s 37-10, the Bulldogs allowed a season-high five sacks, and Theus doesn’t shy away from taking the blame for some of those troubles.

“On one of the sacks I gave up, I just simply got beat,” Theus said. “I was sitting inside and the guy beat me outside. … There were a lot of plays where I didn’t execute what I was supposed to do.”

Despite his miscues, Theus said he has a better understanding of his role and his skills than he did earlier this season.

“Without a doubt, getting playing time and the more experience you get the more confident you are,” Theus said. “I feel a lot more confident than day one and more confident week four or five.”

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