July 3, 2012

Freshman focus: John Theus

Player: - John Theus

Number: 71

Height/Weight: 6-6, 310

Position: Offensive tackle

High School: The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Tale of the Tape: Along with Trinton Sturdivant, Theus is arguably the most touted offensive lineman to sign with the Bulldogs in Mark Richt's 12 years at the school. A member of the 2011 U.S. Army All-America team, Theus earned five-star honors from Rivals and 23rd-overall player in the entire country. Like Sturdivant, it would not be a surprise at all to see Theus grab a starting spot on the offensive line - either left or right tackle - very soon.

Strengths: The strengths for Theus are easy to find. First and foremost, he has a competitive nature that is rare. He plays with a great deal of intensity and never gives up on a block. When he misses a block, he takes is personally and responds with focus and determination and not pure emotion. Theus has an elite frame at 6-foot-6, and possesses excellent length. He currently weighs 310, but he carries it well. He isn't a barrel chested like most linemen his side, but he does have wide shoulders and the vast majority of his weight is good weight. Theus is a tremendous athlete for a player of his size. He moves his feet well and has excellent balance. He plays with a great deal of discipline in his lower half and rarely over extends himself. As a run blocker, he attacks as if he is angry and has near perfect hand placement. He blocks with a wide base and does a good job of positioning his body. When he runs his feet, the defender almost always moves. He has excellent lower body flexibility, smooth hip turn, and does a great job of bending his knees in pass protection.

Weaknesses: Theus has a few kinks in his game that will need to be worked out at the next level. When pass blocking, Theus needs to be more forceful with his upper body to keep separation with the defender and knock them off balance. When run blocking, he needs to develop a stronger punch and needs to do a better job of running his feet more consistently. He has the strength and explosiveness to get movement on most defensive linemen, but sometimes fails to move his feet when run blocking.

Overall: As a freshman, overall strength will be question mark for Theus against elite defensive linemen. He will develop a stronger, more explosive punch with more upper body strength, and will be more effective against the bull and power rushers with more lower body strength. At this point in time, he has the athleticism and size to stay in front of just about any player in the country, and the sky is the limit when it comes to his potential. His desire to be great is one of his best attributes, and the focused emotion with which he plays the game is rare.

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