April 4, 2013

Theus fine with LT?

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Could left tackle be John Theus' future home?

The sophomore from Jacksonville doesn't know if it will ever be or not, but admitted after practice Thursday he'd love to give it a try.

"Before all is said and done, in a perfect world, yeah, I would. But I will do whatever the coaches ask," Theus said. "I guess that would be up to me and how I perform."

Theus started all 14 games for Georgia last year at right tackle, earning himself a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team.

He got his first look at the position during last Saturday's scrimmage at Sanford Stadium and is expected to line up there again in Saturday's G-Day game (1 p.m., CSS).

"They just told me to get out there," laughed Theus, who added switching to left tackle from right would not be that big of a change. "The biggest thing is just getting the footwork down."

Joining Theus on the first-team offensive line for Saturday is expected to include left guard Dallas Lee, center David Andrews, right guard Kenarious Gates and Xzavier Ward at right tackle.

"Xzavier has come a long way. He's stepped up and earned his spot on the first team. He earned the spot, nothing was given to him," Gates said. "We play besides each other and we're comfortable with each other. I push him and he pushes me. We're making each other better."

Jenkins keeps 'em rolling

It was the Jordan Jenkins Comedy Hour after practice Thursday.

The sophomore linebacker had reporters in stitches as he touched on a number of topics, including whether or not he was ever offered cash by any school to sign, along with some friendly barbs aimed at teammates for Saturday's G-Day game.

"No, I never got any shady recruiting. Now, if they would have offered me a million dollars, I would have thought about it for a second," Jenkins laughed. "I probably would have said no … maybe … I don't know."

As for Saturday's G-Day contest, Jenkins issued a friendly warning to running back Todd Gurley.

"Todd better watch out. I didn't hit him all last season. I might have got him in a scrimmage, but Todd's been talking a lot of trash," Jenkins said. "I need to hit Todd and I hope we get in a stunt were I get to hit David (Andrews) and Dallas (Lee) because Dallas has been trying to blindside me on the little stunt drill we do when we go half line."

Jenkins said fans who attend the game are going to be surprised with how well the defense plays.

"They're going to be asking, who was this, who was that? We've got some playmakers," he said. "I definitely think we'll shut the offense down, but they better call holding because Theus has holding a lot lately, David's been holding a lot lately, so when we grab the quarterback, (Aaron) Murray better start running because we might have to thud him up a little bit. We can't let him get too far off on those runs."

Injury update

Earlier in the day, Georgia announced that wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the rest of the spring after undergoing arthroscopic surgery Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus.

Mitchell is expected to be 100 percent for the start of preseason drills.

The Valdosta junior was one of 18 Bulldogs to appear on the team's post-practice injury report Thursday afternoon.

Others of note include wide receiver Chris Conley (right hamstring strain, limited), cornerback Sheldon Dawson (hamstring, out), linebacker Ryne Rankin (left ankle sprain, limited) and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (chest contusion, limited).

This and that

Georgia continued working toward Saturday's G-Day Game with a 90-minute practice on Thursday. "It was a little nippy, but we got it in," head coach Mark Richt said. "I think everybody is looking forward to the spring game. On Friday, we'll have a short practice to get even more organized for the game and then we'll get after it on Saturday." … Following practice, the Bulldogs were scheduled to attend the Lettermen's Club Banquet at the Athens Country Club. "The banquet gives us a chance to let the current guys get to know our lettermen a little bit," Richt said. "We always want to try to help cultivate that relationship. It also exposes our guys to the club while they're here so they'll know what it's all about once they're done playing." … The UGA Athletic Association will be teaming up with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia during G-Day to host a canned food drive. Bins will be set up at the Main Gate as well as Gates 2, 4, 6 and 9 to accept the canned goods from fans attending the game. Donation stations also will be in place for monetary contributions, as one dollar equals four pounds of food. All canned food and proceeds will go to assisting families in Northeast Georgia.