Career Notes: Two-year letterman has played in 10 career games...sits atop the depth chart at right guard entering preseason practice.
2011: Saw action in six games as a sophomore...came in late as a reserve offensive lineman against Southeastern Louisiana (9/3), Tulsa (9/10), UAB (9/17), Army (10/1), UTEP (10/15) and 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.