John Theus: On the Record

ATHENS - John Theus speaks with media following Georgia's spring football practice on Thursday.

Q: How big of a loss is losing David Andrews and his experience and leadership?

A: David was a cornerstone of our offensive line; definitely our leader and an experienced guy. Every year I’ve played he’s been my center so it’s definitely an adjustment. I’m not sure who’s going to take his spot.

Everybody’s been doing a good job and taking the coaching well so whoever they put in there on the ball will be good for it.

Q: What’s your impression of Rob Sale so far?

A: He’s tough on the field. He’s not afraid to yell at you, but that’s what we need. I think that’s what every good offensive line needs – some hard coaching. But he definitely loves us off the field. He told us he would do that, so he’s been good about that, too, as well. He’s a good teacher (and) a good coach and I think it’s going to get the best out of us.

Q: What is a leadership strength for you?

A: Me being able to play as much as I have from coming in as a freshman I think I show a lot of respect for the guys and I think I get it in return. That’s a big part of being a leader and I don’t have a problem with anybody on our team and we get along with everybody. It doesn’t matter if we’re out there fighting; when we come out of that locker room we’re all together. We definitely all love each other and I think me and all the guys are close. That’s a big thing.

Q: Anyone made a big impression on you this spring?

A: The biggest difference in a player that I’ve seen on the field, offense or defense, is Lorenzo Carter. I’ve gotta go against him every day. He was special last year, but he’s that much better this spring. It’s kind of freaky and scary at the same time. I’m glad he’s on my side of the ball on Saturdays. He’s going to be a special player.

Q: How excited is Kolton Houston to get another year?

A: I think he’s pumped. Obviously he had a long wait coming and he deserves it more than anybody. He’s been patient and he really worked hard with Ron Courson to get back out there, and coming back able to play and start last year, being in the offense and getting the experience I think he’s very excited to have his final year. He’s probably looking forward to getting out of here, too, but I think he’s really looking forward to the fall and the games.

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