Freshman OL John Theus making no assumptions about starting

ATHENS — Offensive freshmen were available for interviews for the first time on Friday at Georgia. So I had a chance to talk to tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, fullback Quayvon Hicks, tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith, wide receiver Blake Tibbs and, of course, offensive lineman John Theus.

Theus

Theus

Most of the guys were fairly shy and pretty much stuck to the script of “I’m just working hard and trying to get better.” But of all of them, only Theus seems almost assured of starting in the Bulldogs’ season opener. He has been entrenched with the No. 1 offense at right tackle since the first week of preseason camp.

” I don’t know if I’d name him the starter right now, but he’s definitely lining up No. 1 at right tackle,” head coach Mark Richt said. “He’s getting better every day. He’s got a ways to go but John’s getting there.”

Following are some of the comments Theus made when questioned by the press on Friday.

On working with the No. 1 offense . . .

“Me and Watts are alternating at that right tackle and we’re both busting our butts out there., Xzavier [Ward] as well. So we’re all out there busting our butts every day. This is my first camp, so it’s a grind. It’s my first time out here with the big boys. So I’m learning each day and trying to get better.”

On being prepared to play as true freshman . . .

“Watts has been a big help to me learning the plays. I went into the summer trying to get bigger, stronger, faster. We went in there every day with Coach T and he busted our butts. I was on a platform with me and Watts and David Andrews and Grey Pyke. We just went in there to get better every day. When it came time to do actual line drills, as a team I would work every position.”

On his in-practice battles with senior defensive end Cornelius Washington . . .

“Cornelius is a man, no doubt about that. Big, strong, powerful. It’s a different level up here. It ain’t high school anymore. There’s no breaks in practice. There’s no easy guys out there. All these guys are out there busting their tails and going hard on reps. So it’s helping me get prepared and get ready for the first game.”

On Jarvis Jones’ declaration to get Theus ready . .  .

“Me and Jarvis have had a lot of great talks and he’s been a big help to me. He’s been helping us all. It’s been a team effort. He’s obviously one of the best pass-rushers in the country, he’s doing a great job. He tells the O-line what he does and what he’s looking for and what he looks for. He’s really done a great job with us.”

On grasping the offense . . .

“We had the playbooks over the summer. The older guys helped me get in their playbooks. Watts Dantzler, David Andrews, Kolton Houston, Kenarious Gates, Chris Burnette, they all helped me over the summer try to get my base down and get the calls down. Coming into camp, it is a lot. But you just try to take it day-by-day. There’s a lot of meetings. We all try to listen and pay attention and learn a little bit each day and then get out there on the field. That’s how you learn it.”

On prospect of starting as a true freshman . . .

“I’m just out there busting my butt. I come into film and I see a lot that I need to work on everyday. It’s a different level out here. It’s just a lot of work and I’m just giving my best like everybody else.”

45 comments Add your comment

Bad Dawg

August 10th, 2012
1:56 pm

Theus is well-spoken and I like his attitude. He should be good addition to the oline. Go Dawgs!

LHarding Dawg

August 10th, 2012
2:02 pm

We need more players like Theus and Jarvis.

bitter

August 10th, 2012
2:04 pm

2ND—-TURD ROLL—–what you say now looosser

——–DAWGS GETTING STRONGER EVERY DAY

j-dawg

August 10th, 2012
2:07 pm

Seems like a good kid. Furthermore, all indications point to the fact that he really likes the phrase “busting our butts”

CHDawg

August 10th, 2012
2:08 pm

The pic makes it look like Theus is trying out for the boxing team! I have said this before, but I think our D is the best thing the O line has going for it. If they can come close to blocking this bunch, we should be ready in three weeks!

CHDawg

August 10th, 2012
2:09 pm

Funny, j-dawg! He is busting his butt, but it looks like Washington is busting his face…

Top Dawg

August 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

This young man WILL be an All American by the time he leaves. …. What a team leader Jarvis is. That stuff is infectious with these young players! GO DAWGS!!!

Theus, well spoken...

August 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

…surely you jest – how many times in an interview can one guy say “busting my/our butts? I will give him credit for changing “butts” to “tails” the last time – and, I do hope he is as good as advertised; didn’t he miss his senior year of HS due to an injury? Shades of Sturdivant all over again…

WDE

August 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

Sound like we got a winner…still starting as a true freshman in the SEC is a big jump from high school. Best of luck JT and Go Dogs !

1953dawg

August 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

WDE, Sturdivant, Ben Jones, and Glenn all started as freshman. Theus is higher rated than all 3. He will be much better than Bean Anderson. The good thing is that after Tunsil sees that Theus is starting as true freshman, he will join him next year. Will be nice to have 2 Five star tackles from the state of Florida starting for UGA. The TIDE is turning, even Bama can’t match these 2 studs on O.L. Where is Roll Tide when you need him? LOL!!

2Dawgs

August 10th, 2012
2:28 pm

It ain’t high school anymore.

CHDawg

August 10th, 2012
2:29 pm

You never know how things will turn out on HS ratings, but he had offers from a bunch of schools and he narrowed his list to the following before picking UGA: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Texas. A lot of *real* experts seem to think he is pretty good.

SSGt Dawg

August 10th, 2012
2:30 pm

If he can survive C.Washington, and Jarvis he’ll be at least aware of what the caliber of SEC pass rushers are like. He has the size and talent, his biggest challenge will be the playbook and staying healthy. Hopefully nothing like Sturdivant ever to Theus.

Vampire Bill

August 10th, 2012
2:33 pm

Hopefully in English 101 he will learn to avoid starting his sentences with Me?

Captain Obvious

August 10th, 2012
2:34 pm

“If he can survive C.Washington, and Jarvis he’ll be at least aware of what the caliber of SEC pass rushers are like.”

Very well put, SSGt Dawg !

Captain Obvious

August 10th, 2012
2:36 pm

Vampire Bill, hopefully, you can learn to use a comma once in a while!

WDE

August 10th, 2012
2:46 pm

@1953dawg I agree with his potential but I still would like to be able to let him get in that starting spot later in the year. He has a lot of up side from all I hear but he is still growing and he will be playing against grown men. But I fully support putting the best players on the field every game….Go Dogs!

hammerhead

August 10th, 2012
2:52 pm

Free Kolton Houston!

Dawg Haus

August 10th, 2012
3:03 pm

Best of luck out there, John! Keep up the good work at practice and we’ll see you between the hedges soon.

Dawg Haus

August 10th, 2012
3:07 pm

Coach Richt has lost control of the Honey Badger.

UGA Insider

August 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

Go to Dawgs247 and go to the board and watch the video of our Oline going against C Washington. Theus us a man-child let me tell you. I think our offense can be pretty dang good this year.

UGA Insider

August 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

Go to Dawgs247 and go to the board and watch the video of our Oline going against C Washington. Theus us a man-child let me tell you. I think our offense can be pretty dang good this year.

Duval Dutch

August 10th, 2012
3:27 pm

Gee, I sure wish they’d lay off his butt. Sounds like they’re about to bust it.

Gary

August 10th, 2012
3:28 pm

I’m impressed to hear all the support Theus is getting, especially from the defense. If these guys are willing to offer that much help to a freshman on the other side of the ball, then we definitely have the right type of players on our team to get a championship. Go Dawgs

DIT

August 10th, 2012
3:38 pm

From what I’m reading the SR leadership is stepping up. Something we have not seen in several years. The SR’s need to take ownership of the team and lead & teach by example.
Tough break, no pun intended, about Long. Hope he recovers quickly.
Go Dawgs

Dawg Haus

August 10th, 2012
3:39 pm

I think the fact that Theus is already going up against studs like Washington and Jones and receiving praise from them is a pretty positive indicator of his potential.

Doodaddy

August 10th, 2012
3:41 pm

Definitely not a bidness major. Probably journalism.

WDE

August 10th, 2012
3:55 pm

Just read where LSU kicked the honey badger off the team….while it suxs for the young man I have to say my hat is off to Les Miles and the coaching staff. Anyone think this won’t get every football player in the country’s attention?

DIT

August 10th, 2012
3:59 pm

@WDE

Not sure how true this is, but it was either his 5th or 6th time he was busted for smoking dope. Now if, if, that is the fact, I will not give Miles too much credit for this.

Dawg Haus

August 10th, 2012
3:59 pm

Agreed, WDE. As much respect as I lost for LSU for signing Mettenberger, I gained a lot of that back today. That took some courage from Coach Miles.

AltamahaDawg

August 10th, 2012
4:05 pm

He’ll start if we lose another one. H. Long out for 2 months.

WDE

August 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

@DIT if there is no arrest warrant a lot of coaches might have turned a blind eye for the 5th or 6h time, I am frankly stunned Les did it but man it was a tough and ballsy call.

Dawg Haus

August 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

DIT, if that’s true, I will definitely have to agree with you. A 5th or 6th time? Wow…

59bulldawg

August 10th, 2012
4:16 pm

Can’t help but be impressed with the leadership of Jarvis Jones! What a great team leader! What a great teammate!

WDE

August 10th, 2012
4:52 pm

@cloonan without the HB you don’t beat us last year…

ugab

August 10th, 2012
4:57 pm

good luck theus and gooo dawgs

William

August 10th, 2012
5:15 pm

We are in trouble with a freshman on the o line. I wish there was more depth on the line. Where are the senior linemen? Why is this always a problem? What is going on? On a lighter note, I hope he is as good as advertised.

Dawg Haus

August 10th, 2012
5:56 pm

William, I agree with you regarding depth on the O-line. It is definitely a little unnerving counting on a freshman to immediately step up to play SEC-caliber football, but in recent years, Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn, Clint Boling and Trinton Sturdivant all had solid freshman seasons. I know we’re all hoping Theus will join that list.

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OrlandoDawg

August 10th, 2012
11:50 pm

Jarvis, Cornelius, teach the kids, teach the kids, please and thank you! Go Dawgs!

52 arrests in four years

August 11th, 2012
8:02 am

Theus will do all right. After a couple of games and an arrest or two, he’ll fit right in.

Destin Dawg

August 11th, 2012
9:24 am

great TEAM attitude this year.. energy vampires are gone… improved S & C .. nutrition… win the SEC Champs THIS year.. Go Dawgs !!!

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