"It has been a great experience having the chance to be coached by Coach (Buddy) Stephens," explained Mahaffey. "The coaches here have really helped me out.
"We really get some good experience against the talent we play against and get to practice against every day.
"All of that has really helped me polish my skills."
Some recruiters suggested that Mahaffey had some work to do with his footwork coming out of high school.
The Brandon High product is proud to report that he has worked extremely hard to correct any issues.
"It has gotten a lot better," smiled Mahaffey. "I am a lot faster and I feel like I was able to really show that in the National Championship game.
"I feel like that was my best game footwork wise. I felt light and I felt good."
With the Lions winning it all last year, it has lit a fire in Mahaffey who is eager to go defend the National title.
"We want to do the same thing we did last year, win another National Championship," said Mahaffey. "Coach has been telling us that it's ours to lose.
"We should start out #1."
There is a chance that Mahaffey may be somewhere else other than Scooba when East Mississippi takes the field this fall.
The personable lineman has some thinking to do.
"I talked to Ole Miss today too.
"I would like to stay close to home, but we'll see what happens.
"I still have some thinking to do about Louisiana Tech. I don't know yet. I haven't decided.
"I still have some things to figure out with them."