Nose guard signee Mayes working to contribute early

Georgia has a new player to plug in at nose guard in Chris Mayes, a junior college transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College who played at Spalding High School.

The 6-foot-4, 340 pound Mayes will step into a position where Georgia had a pair of space eaters in 358-pound John Jenkins and 355-pound Kwame Geathers. Both are getting ready for the NFL draft.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Taylor and junior Mike Thornton are others who will compete with Mayes for playing time.

“We’re young and we’re still developing,” Mayes said. “We have pressure to produce right away, but I think we can step up to the challenge.”

Mayes says he moves around “pretty well” at 340 pounds but prefers to play with a little less weight.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he likes how Mayes looks. He already singled out Mayes since he arrived last month.

“Chris Mayes was a guy who was really impressive the other days in the mat drills,” Grantham said on Wednesday.

Grantham said Georgia has about eight players competing for the three spots on the defensive line.

“That’s about right from a numbers standpoint,” he said. “We have some young talented guys up there, and I think we need to get them in position to make plays and understand the system to where they can play fast.”

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@amryder They start at 3:30. Like all practices, it’s closed to the public.

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