Monday, April 22, 2013

Ambidextrous Theus: right or left

John Theus is perhaps the most heavily regarded offensive line recruit to choose the Georgia Bulldogs in years. So it would stand to reason that he would be charged with protecting Murray's blindside as soon as possible.

Well, probably.
A foot fracture kept Theus out of the early portion of spring practice, but Friend tried him out on the left side once he returned. Theus said he would like to play left tackle as soon as possible and that time may come this fall, although the development of other linemen -- namely left tackle Mark Beard and right tackle Xzavier Ward -- could also affect where Theus lines up in 2013. 
Regardless, Theus is surely destined to play left tackle this fall. Even though Mark Beard has been reliable and Xzavier Ward has been coming on strong, Theus seems poised for the challenge.
Since ESPN entered the recruiting business, only two Georgia offensive line signees have been rated as highly as Theus: 2009 offensive tackle Austin Long and 2013 center Brandon Kublanow, who both received the same 83 grade that Theus did in 2012. But it’s possible that Theus is the most heavily recruited offensive lineman to have picked the Bulldogs in that eight-year period because of his potential on the edge. Whether it’s on the left or right side, Theus figures to remain as a mainstay in the starting lineup for at least two more seasons, with the NFL a likely destination in either 2015 or 2016.