Mayes was a highly regarded prospect at Ridgeway High of Memphis, being ranked in the top 10 nationally among fullbacks after rushing for 1,339 yards as a senior. He ran for more than 1,600 yards as a junior. He redshirted at UT last fall but was expected to compete for backup action in 2003.
The dismissal of Mayes leaves UT with just three fullbacks -- senior Troy Fleming, plus sophomore backups Will Revill and Sudan Ellington. Fleming started every game as a junior. Revill has shown great promise as a blocker and receiver. Ellington is a converted linebacker and tight end who is still looking to find his niche.