Gaines Named to Bednarik Watch List

MUTIGERS.COM Senior defensive back E.J. Gaines
Senior defensive back E.J. Gaines

July 8, 2013

PHILADELPHIA - Mizzou Football senior defensive back E.J. Gaines (Independence, Mo.) has been named to the watch list for the 19th annual Bednarik Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday. The Bednarik Award has been presented to college football's defensive player of the year since 1995. The watch list features Gaines among 75 initial candidates from across the nation.

Gaines finished fourth in tackles as a junior for the Tigers in 2012, accumulating a career-high 74 tackles while leading Mizzou with 11 pass breakups. He has been playing cornerback at a high level for two seasons after earning First Team All-Big 12 recognition at the position as a sophomore in 2011. Gaines finished the 2011 campaign with 69 tackles, two interceptions and a career-best 16 pass breakups.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, with three finalists unveiled Nov. 18. The winner of the 2013 Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 5.

The watch list candidates were chosen by the Maxwell Football Club's selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential. The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2013 season unfolds. All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.

The list of Bednarik Award candidates in its entirety can be found here.



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