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Plugging up the middle

Freshmen Mayes, Atkins have large shoes to fill at nose tackle for UGA

Updated: February 12, 2013, 9:36 PM ET
By David Ching | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Ga. -- Chris Mayes and John Atkins fully understand the opportunity that awaits them this spring and preseason. That's why they're already on campus at Georgia.

Mayes, a junior college transfer who initially signed with the Bulldogs in 2011, and Atkins, a 2012 signee who spent last fall at Hargrave (Va.) Military, hope to fill the massive void left by the departure of nose guards John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers after the 2012 season. They enrolled last month with the intention of ...

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