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‚Äôs where he will remain, for now.
‚ÄúFor a true freshman, you‚Äôre just trying to get him ready to play, period,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúThe assignments probably wouldn‚Äôt be as much of an issue as just learning how to pass set from the left side. He‚Äôs gotten so many quality reps on the right. It‚Äôs hard to throw a guy over there (at left tackle) especially as a freshman.‚Äù
In the meantime, Theus continues to adjust to life as a college lineman.
‚ÄúI think I‚Äôve gotten better each week,‚Äù Theus said.‚Äù The way to get better by doing something is by doing it. Throughout the reps and the learning, it‚Äôs a process. Practice and scrimmages, you learn a lot, but you never learn like you do in a game when stuff happens.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve learned as I‚Äôve gone along. I‚Äôve gotten better and improved each week. There are things I‚Äôm trying to work on. I know I have a long way to go.‚Äù
While Theus won‚Äôt be protecting Aaron Murray‚Äôs blind side this season, Richt didn‚Äôt rule out moving the Jacksonville, Fla. native around in the offseason.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if he‚Äôll change to left tackle ever, actually,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúBut there‚Äôs more of a chance of getting him some reps in the spring and that type of thing if you wanted to experiment.‚Äù
Theus said he didn‚Äôt 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‚Äôll be happy wherever coaches use him.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll do what coaches want me to do,‚Äù said the 6-foot-6, 309-pound Theus. ‚ÄúWhatever (offensive line coach Will Friend) asks me to do, that‚Äôs what I‚Äôm going to do. If he wants me to play guard, center, whatever, I‚Äôm going to go out there and do my best.‚Äù