Career Notes: Three-year letterman has played in 21 games with 11 starts for his career...helped Green Wave quarterbacks throw for 300-plus yards on five occasions...enters fall practice atop the depth chart at right guard.
2012: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts at right guard as a junior...as a starter, helped the team average 332.5 yards of total offense (42.5 rushing, 289.9 passing)...paved the way for a season-high 619 yards of total offense, including a season-best 153-yard showing on the ground, vs UAB (10/27)...provided protection for five 300-plus yard passing games, including a school-record 476 passing yards vs Rice (11/3).
2011: Saw action in six games as a sophomore...came in late as a reserve offensive lineman against Southeastern Louisiana (9/3), vs Tulsa (9/10), at UAB (9/17), at Army (10/1), vs UTEP (10/15) and vs Houston (11/10).
2010: Played in four games as a redshirt-freshman...made collegiate debut at Houston (9/25)...also saw action vs Army (10/9), vs Southern Miss (11/6) and vs UCF (11/20).
2009: Did not play as a true freshman...redshirted the season.
High School: Three-year letterman at Cibola High where he saw time at offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end for coach Judge Chavez...tabbed three-star recruit, the No. 79 offensive guard in the nation and the top prospect in the state of New Mexico by Rivals.com...recognized by ESPN.com as the No. 180 offensive guard in the country...named two-star recruit and the No. 135 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...helped the Cougars go a combined 24-12 with three trips to the state playoffs as a prepster, including a District 1-5A title as a junior...claimed first-team all-state, all-metro and all-district in each of his final two prep seasons...helped guide his team to the state semifinals in 2006, marking the first time in 21 years CHS advanced that far...also helped the Cougars post 10 wins in 2006, marking the first time in school history Cibola posted a double-digit victory total.
Personal: Born Rio George Mares on Oct. 26, 1990, in Albuquerque, N.M...son of Gary Mares and Jo March...majoring in marketing