By Kaylene Chadwell, Chattanooga, Tenn.- With one season of eligibility left, rising senior Chris Mayes, Murfreesboro, Tenn., makes a big position switch on UTC’s football team from defensive line to offensive line.
“This is the best move for our team, but I also think it’s the best move for him,”
head coach Russ Huesman said. “Where he can get more than 10 or 15 snaps a game. Where he can get to play a lot.”
After playing 23 games as a defensive linemen, he will now be a starter at right guard.
The Mocs have a lot of depth on the defensive line, and two positions opened up on the offense.
“It just gives us quality depth,” Huesman said.
Mayes has not been on an offensive line since he played football in high school at Murfreesboro Riverdale.
“It’s definitely a challenge, but it’s a challenge I really look forward to,” Mayes said. “It’s something that could benefit me, and also the team.”
Mayes said the toughest part of switching to the offensive line is working on his technique and pass protection.
“You have to learn a new playbook and changing all your techniques,” Mayes said. “You have to change all the muscle memory that you built up over the years from doing all the reps.”
“He’s done a good job,” Huesman said. “I mean it’s a learning experience. Everyday is new for him. Everyday something new gets thrown at him. And he may struggle a little bit, but I think the more reps he gets the better he’ll be.”
The football team kicked off spring practice March 17, and it will run until April 11.
The 2014 Blue & Gold Spring Game will be played at Finley Stadium April 11 at 7 p.m.