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Former Mizzou CB Gaines thought he'd go higher in the draft -- and the Rams did too

ST. LOUIS -- E.J. Gaines did just about everything he could during the three days of the NFL Draft to avoid thinking about what was unfolding and how it impacted his so-close-he-could-taste-it football career. The former University of Missouri cornerback, who grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Independence, Missouri, played video games during the draft and later went with friends...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Interview With Mid-Round Steal, Missouri CB E.J. Gaines

You may not have heard a whole lot about E.J. Gaines, but the very versatile and physical cornerback out of Missouri and projected mid-round prospect could be a real steal in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft due to his impressive toughness, awareness, leadership, professional approach, tackling skills and football IQ. “If you draft me, you’re not only drafting a great football player...
Via Gridiron Grit
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mizzou CB Gaines picked graduation over NFL

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri cornerback E.J. Gaines says he tries to be a leader of his team. The senior captain made a decision in the off-season that helped him become a leader at home, too. Gaines likely could have left the Tigers and been selected in the NFL Draft, but he chose to return in hopes of becoming the first member of his family to graduate from college. "Some...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

He's back! Return of E.J. Gaines sparks Mizzou defense

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri's defense got a big boost on Saturday night with the return of senior cornerback and defensive leader. Gaines, who was out with a quad injury, said he thought he might be ready to go a week earlier but didn't feel right. "Anybody that knows me knows I'm a competitor, so it was definitely tough," Gaines said of watching the Florida and...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Knee rested, Mizzou's Gaines is ready to show the world what he's got

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Gary Pinkel spent the majority of a 30-minute press conference Monday afternoon reminding reporters a healthier team should mean a better one. The Tigers have, for the most part, avoided the plague of twists, tweaks and tears that started in last year's fall camp and never really stopped -- a significant factor in their 5-7 finish. Perhaps the most important...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Gaines Ups His Game For 2012 Season

During fall camp, Missouri junior cornerback E.J. Gaines has been playing even better than he did a year ago when he was named First-Team All-Big 12 and ranked 4th in the NCAA with his school-record 18 passes gets his and Tiger coaches thoughts on his camp.
August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

SEC Football: Can Mizzou’s E.J. Gaines Shut Down the SEC?

The term “shutdown corner” is defined as follows: any player with the ability to shut down an entire side of a football field for fear of the havoc he’ll wreak on the opposing offense—or something like that. It’s a term used sparingly, as few guys have truly enveloped the ability, but it is one that could see itself being reborn of one of the SEC’s newest player additions...
Via The Lady Sportswriter
August 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Gaines Enjoying Everything New This Spring

Missouri standout cornerback E.J. Gaines talks with about his spring football experience as the football team takes it's spring break, and his outlook on everything being new, including heading to the SEC.
March 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Gaines Gunning For Win At "Home" In KC

Missouri Tiger cornerback EJ Gaines is looking forward to returning to Kansas City where he played high school ball and hopes to finish the the regular season with a big win over rival Kansas in their last Big 12 meeting.
November 23, 2011  |  Discuss

Football. Gaines Earns Defensive Honor

Missouri sophomore cornerback E.J. Gaines has been selected as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Monday morning by the league office.
October 31, 2011  |  Discuss
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