In the video below you’ll see junior tackle John Theus speak about his potential move back to left tackle. Theus has spent a majority of the last two seasons playing the right tackle position, and he tries to explain why the switch from left to right has been so tough for him:
The gist of what Theus says is echoed by another former collegiate left tackle who made the switch to the right tackle spot after being drafted by the NFL’s Houston Texans.
Eric Winston, currently a free agent and president of the NFL’s Players Association, said making that particular switch can be very difficult for a guy, particularly if he’s never played any other position:
“…you basically have to do the exact opposite with each foot and hand from one side to the other. On the Right you kick with your left foot, on the Left you kick with the right foot. On the Right your outside punch hand is your right and on the Left your outside punch hand is your left. You get the picture where this is going. This why good swing tackles (backups that play both) are paid well and needed desperately for depth.”
This is essentially what Theus is saying when he says the left just feels more “natural” to him. Unlike Winston, who says it took him a year to adjust to the right tackle position in the NFL, Theus had a tougher time making the move and retraining his body to do all the things on the right side that he so nimbly did on the left. That said, Winston admits that he didn’t really have the arms or the demeanor to play on the left side in the first place, whereas Theus has always been projected to be a left tackle—it’s a move that could definitely be a plus-plus for the line this season, particularly if Theus regains his confidence in the process.
And since we’re on the subject of good moves, you have to like the idea of former starting fullback Quayvon Hicks getting the look at tight end.
Hicks may have the body of fullback, but he’s got the athleticism of a receiver and his is a skill set that has value at both positions. I’ve always felt he had more value as an H-Back anyhow, due to his size and versatility, and with Arthur Lynch now gone, Georgia needs a player who can step into that type of a role and, potentially, make some plays here and there.
So far Hicks has managed to make a good first impression on the practice field and while I don’t expect him to overtake a guy like Jordan Davis or even incoming true freshmen, Hunter Atkinson and Jeb Blazevich, it would not surprise me if a few packages are made up for Hicks this season; he may not have done what was expected of him as a fullback, but that does not mean he isn’t a weapon worth using in certain situations.
I’ll be eyeing the progress of both players as spring moves forward, but from a spectator’s standpoint, I’m loving both moves thus far.