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Blog: Theus will get chance to crack starting lineup

Georgia’s biggest question mark heading into preseason practices will probably be its offensive line, but an impact freshman will get a chance to be the latest rookie to crack the Bulldogs’ starting lineup up front.

“We’ve had some success in the past,” coach Mark Richt said.

Freshman John Theus from Jacksonville, Fla., could do what Cordy Glenn, Ben Jones, Trinton Sturdivant and Clint Boling did in their first seasons on campus: start.

“We’re not afraid to start a true freshman lineman,” Richt said. “I would say John Theus in high school was probably farther advanced than any of those guys. Ben Jones was pretty salty coming out of the box. He’ll have a chance to win a starting position. More than likely it will be at tackle. We’ll wait and see what he does.”

Georgia lost three starters up front in Glenn, Jones and Justin Anderson. Theus was rated as the nation’s No. 7 recruit by Scout.com, No. 23 by Rivals.com and No. 28 by ESPN.com.

Most of Georgia’s incoming freshmen are expected on campus by June 4.

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