Depth and experience highlight the group of road graters and protectors.
2015 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games and started the first nine on the offense line at guard • protected for an offense that passed for 2,793 yards (most since 2008) and 15 touchdowns (most since 2010) and one that rushed for 1,873 yards and 17 touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his first career start at guard against TCU and protected for an offense that rushed for 144 yards and passed for 197 yards • started at Colorado State and protected for an offense that passed for 233 yards and rushed for 180 yards • started against Kent State and protected for an offense that gained 288 yards • protected for an offense that generated 468 total yards (204 rushing and 264 passing) against Ohio • started at Northwestern • started at Purdue and blocked for an offense that rushed for 326 yards, which was the most in a Big Ten game for Minnesota since it rushed for 327 yards on Nov. 12, 2005, against Michigan State • provided protection for an offense that passed for 301 yards against Nebraska • started against Michigan and protected for an offense that passed for 317 yards, which was the most by the Gophers since they passed for 373 yards against Northern Illinois in 2010 • started at guard at Ohio State and provided protection for Minnesota to pass for 281 yards and two touchdowns • saw action as a reserve at Iowa and protected for an offense that passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards and three scores against the the No. 12 defense in the nation • competed as a reserve against Illinois and blocked for an offense that rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns and passed for one score • participated on special teams against Wisconsin and Central Michigan.
2014 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in the final eight games of the season on offense and special teams • made his season and collegiate debut against Northwestern where he played as a reserve • saw special teams action against Purdue • played on offense and on special teams against Iowa and Ohio State • competed at Nebraska, at Wisconsin and against Missouri.
OVERVIEW: Scout ranked him as a four-star recruit, while ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports gave him three-star status • Scout named him as the No. 2 prospect at his position, while 247Sports listed him at No. 5 and Rivals placed him at No. 12 • was the 57th best player in Texas according to Scout, while Rivals had him at No. 73 and ESPN at No. 103.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Van Alstyne High School • helped lead team to a 7-5 overall record as a senior • protected for a Panthers' offense that averaged 250.7 rushing yards per game • competed in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl for the West Team and was named to the 2013 USA Today All-Texas Team • also lettered in track (shot put and discus) and powerlifting.
PERSONAL: Born April 9, 1996 • son of Allen and Lorraine Mayes • has two siblings, and older brother Alex is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman for the Gophers • father, Allen, and grandfather, Gene Mayes, played football at TCU.
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