Richt: Theus staying at right tackle at least a bit longer

While some Bulldogs have moved around on the offensive line this week, one young lineman is staying put.

True freshman John Theus has started each game for Georgia at right tackle, and according to coach Mark Richt, that’s where he will remain, for now.

“For a true freshman, you’re just trying to get him ready to play, period,” Richt said. “The assignments probably wouldn’t be as much of an issue as just learning how to pass set from the left side. He’s gotten so many quality reps on the right. It’s hard to throw a guy over there (at left tackle) especially as a freshman.”

In the meantime, Theus continues to adjust to life as a college lineman.

“I think I’ve gotten better each week,” Theus said.” The way to get better by doing something is by doing it. Throughout the reps and the learning, it’s a process. Practice and scrimmages, you learn a lot, but you never learn like you do in a game when stuff happens.

“I’ve learned as I’ve gone along. I’ve gotten better and improved each week. There are things I’m trying to work on. I know I have a long way to go.”

While Theus won’t be protecting Aaron Murray’s blind side this season, Richt didn’t rule out moving the Jacksonville, Fla. native around in the offseason.

“I don’t know if he’ll change to left tackle ever, actually,” Richt said. “But there’s more of a chance of getting him some reps in the spring and that type of thing if you wanted to experiment.”

Theus said he didn’t even think about switching to left tackle when Dallas Lee was injured and left tackle Kenarious Gates moved to guard. However, the freshman said he’ll be happy wherever coaches use him.

“I’ll do what coaches want me to do,” said the 6-foot-6, 309-pound Theus. “Whatever (offensive line coach Will Friend) asks me to do, that’s what I’m going to do. If he wants me to play guard, center, whatever, I’m going to go out there and do my best.”

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