Theus will get a shot at left tackle for G-Day

Georgia offensive lineman John Theus expects to play at left tackle during Saturday’s G-Day game after working at the position for most of the time during practices in the last week.

The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Theus would like to play the pivotal spot when the real games roll around.

“Before it’s all said and done, I would like to in the perfect world,” said Theus, who played the position for three seasons at Bolles School in Jacksonville but started every game at right tackle last season as a freshman. “I think every guy who is an offensive tackle wants to have their shot at left tackle. It’s a prestigious spot and when you do make it to the next level, if you’re fortunate enough to make it to the next level, that spot pays more than the right side. That’s a thing that every guy wants to work for.”

Theus said he isn’t certain if left tackle will be his home this fall, but signs are pointing in that direction.

“I knew before my career ended here at Georgia I wanted to have my shot there,” Theus said. “It’s nice to have my shot come early. Now it’s up to me to perform and try to keep that spot.”

Kenarious Gates, who started at left tackle last season expects to play right guard Saturday. The starter there, Chris Burnette, is out this spring with a shoulder injury.

Gates was working at right tackle earlier this spring but Xzavier Ward is now manning right tackle.

“He has some natural ability, without a doubt,” Theus said. “The kid has good footwork and takes some natural pass sets. A strong kid, he’s not afraid to stick his head in there and hit you.”

Said Gates: “He earned playing with the first team. It wasn’t given to him. I congratulate him. We’re playing besides each other. We’re comfortable besides each other.”

— Marc Weiszer covers Georgia football for onlineathens.com. Follow him on Twitter or check for updates on his blog.

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