Finding defensive linemen with the size needed to hold up at the line of scrimmage is a necessity, considering what Georgia wants to do in its 3-4 defense. In 2011, the Bulldogs signed an intriguing prospect in Chris Mayes (Griffin, Ga./Spalding), but he failed to qualify out of high school. Now at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mayes hopes to follow in the footsteps of former MGCCC interior linemen Terrence Cody and John Jenkins in making an impact in the Southeastern Conference.
His name might not fill up the stat sheet for the 6-1 MGCCC Bulldogs -- he has 10 tackles and one forced fumble -- but like the 5-2 Bulldogs in Athens, the defensive linemen's role is to fill up the running lanes and allow the linebackers to make plays.
"I am playing pretty well right now at nose guard," Mayes said. "I am controlling both A gaps, picking up blockers, taking up space, and stopping the run up the middle. They run a similar scheme here to what I will run at Georgia, so I hope to make a big impact when I get there."