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Blog: Theus on ’14 season: ‘I really need to step it up’

John Theus is gearing up for a homecoming game at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

Perhaps more important will be the work the Georgia offensive tackle gets done in the months that follow as he heads into his junior season.

Theus had January surgery last winter for a broken bone in his right foot that he said set him back some last offseason.

He went from starting every game at right tackle as a freshman to starting seven this season.

With Georgia losing three senior starters, the Bulldogs could certainly use Theus to live up to the big expectations for him when he signed as a five-star recruit out of the Bolles School.

“Honestly, I don’t really care what people think about me and the goals other people have for me,” Theus said. “That is the goal for myself, to reach that pinnacle of All-SEC and All-American. That would be awesome. …Knock on wood, no injuries this offseason so I could hit the weight room hard.”

With the loss of seniors Chris Burnette, Dallas Lee and Kenarious Gates, the 6-foot-6, 298-pound Theus will be looked at as a veteran on the line, whether he lines up again at right tackle or moves to left tackle.

“It will be my turn next year to try to be a leader on this team with Boss (David Andrews) and Kolton (Houston) and those guys,” Theus said. “I really need to step it up and hopefully I can get good offseason work in.”

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