What started out as a means of getting some class separation by signing some JUCO players, has just added to the inexperience
on both sides of the ball.
Mayes sat out last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College so he could still have three years of eligibility when he got to Georgia.
“I had to get back in the pace of the game and, of course, the SEC is way faster,” said the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Mayes, who has 13 tackles and a sack. “There were a lot of things I had to learn. I had to change from a read stance to a more attacking stance. We went from having like six plays to installing like 30 plays a day. It was a big transition.”Mayes sat out last season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College so he could still have three years of eligibility when he got to Georgia.
“If we signed everybody as a freshmen, 33 guys as freshmen, that’s a lot of guys in that one class,” Richt said. “By bringing in some junior college players to create some depth and separation from the rest of the class that was part of the strategy this past year. It was a little bit different from other years. It’s not necessarily a disappointment or a shock (that some aren’t contributing).”
Mayes said junior college players adjusting to the SEC are still first-year players at this level.
“So everybody’s a freshman basically,” Mayes said
What a long strange season it has (already) been.