Theus Returns
John Theus
Athens Banner-Herald
Posted Mar 28, 2013


ATHENS - John Theus was back practicing Thursday for the first time this spring, but he didn’t return to the starting right tackle spot that he occupied every game for Georgia last season as a freshman.

Not right away.

Theus said he worked mainly as the second-team right tackle on his return to practice as he tried to get acclimated again.

Theus had surgery on his right foot on January 23rd to repair a broken bone.

Players said that Xzavier Ward worked as the first team right tackle and Kenarious Gates shifted back to left tackle while getting some right tackle work as well.

“Spring’s about rotating guys in and seeing who fits with who,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “Especially the offensive line. They obviously like to get a set guy in there. With Theus out and Chris (Burnette) out early in spring, just trying some new guys out, trying like KG at right tackle. It’s just the time when you want to experiment and that’s what’s going on right now.”

Returning in the middle of spring practice made Theus feel “a little bit behind,” but he was glad to be get back in the mix.

“It felt good to be back out there,” Theus said. “No limping. Definitely the recovery went well. I’m back out there now and just trying to get back in the swing of things.”

Behind LeMay’s scrimmage numbers

Quarterback Christian LeMay wasn’t made available Thursday to talk to reporters about his less than stellar numbers from the Bulldogs’ first spring scrimmage on Tuesday.

LeMay completed just 1 of 11 passes for 13 yards on a windy day. Dropped balls paid a part in that, coach Mark Richt said.

“The thing I like about Christian is he’s getting a better feel of how to run the show and how to get everybody lined up,” Richt said. “He spent a little bit of his time just trying to help some young receivers get lined up where they’re supposed to be and changing protections at the line and starting to make good decisions in the run game. He’s really improving.

In a drill early in practice Thursday, walk-on Parker Welch was the third-string quarterback behind Murray and Hutson Mason.

Tight end Arthur Lynch said that LeMay switches from the first, second to third teams at times at practice.

“He’s all over the place,” Lynch said. “It’s kind of tough as a quarterback to get a groove. I don’t really think his numbers can do him justice in terms of his production. I think he’s come a long way. He’s understanding the offense a lot better. He’s got one of the strongest arms, if not the strongest arms out of all the QBs. The talent’s there.”

Georgia scrimmages again on Saturday.

Murray hung out with Champ, but didn’t like missing scrimmage

Murray chatted up former Georgia star Champ Bailey (Denver Broncos) and former Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson (Detroit) while being awarded a “Peach of an Athlete” at a banquet Tuesday in Atlanta.

“He gave me a couple of stories about (Mike) Bobo since they were teammates,” Murray said after Thursday’s practice. “If Bobo starts yelling at me, I’ve got some stuff to say back to him. It was good. He was a great guy.”

Murray said Johnson “is a huge, huge receiver. He’s a big kid. Stafford’s doing well with him, that’s for sure.”

Murray phoned Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator, on the ride back to Athens to find out what he missed from the scrimmage.

“I wanted to be here,” Murray said. “I was actually begging to come back, but we thought it was best if I went there and represented the university.”

This and that

Former NFL coach Jon Gruden is the featured speaker today of the two-day Georgia’s coaches’ clinic, which has attracted about 300 high school coaches. Scheduled to also speak at the clinic today: Emanuel County Institute’s Chris Kearson, Gainesville’s Bruce Miller, Eagles Landing Christian’s Jonathan Gess, Sandy Creek’s Chip Walker, Buford’s Jess Simpson, Norcross’ Keith Maloof and T. McFerrin, who retired from Jefferson. Former Georgia kicker Blair Walsh also will address coaches.

Murray said the defense won the day in Thursday’s practice. “They got us,” Murray said. “We’ve got to come back out (today) and put one back in their face a little bit.”

Fullback Merritt Hall returned to practice after missing most of the last week with a turf toe injury, he said. Hall said he got two goal-line snaps in the scrimmage.

Receiver Rantavious Wooten (illness) and linebacker Brandon Burrows (concussion) missed practice Thursday.


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