Senior CB E.J. Gaines
Dec. 2, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mizzou Football senior cornerback E.J. Gaines (Independence, Mo.) has been named the Southeastern Conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Gaines turned in an amazing lockdown coverage performance against Texas A&M standout wide receiver Mike Evans, as he held Evans to season-low totals of four receptions for just eight yards, which was a key part of Mizzou's stellar defensive effort. Evans came into the game averaging 119.5 yards per outing, with 12 receiving touchdowns, and his long catch last Saturday in Mizzou's win was just a 10-yarder.
Gaines finished Mizzou's Senior Night with six total tackles, as the Tiger defense held the Aggies to 21 points and 379 yards of total offense, well below Texas A&M's pre-game averages of 45.6 points and 552.6 yards. The senior Tiger ranks fourth in the SEC (31st in the NCAA) with his team-leading four interceptions to date, and he ranks third-best on the Tigers team with his 59 tackles on the season, despite missing two-and-a-half games due to injury.
The recognition is the 12th SEC honor for a Mizzou player in 2013, continuing to reset Mizzou's best for conference honors in a season. Head coach Gary Pinkel's 2007 squad brought home a total of eight individual honors. Gaines joins sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Okla.) and senior DE Michael Sam (Hitchcock, Texas) as Mizzou's three players to earn Defensive Player of the Week recognition.
The honor is the second weekly award of Gaines' career, with the first also coming from an extraordinary outing against the Aggies. Gaines recorded 10 tackles and a career-best four pass breakups in Mizzou's 38-31 overtime win at Texas A&M on Oct. 29, 2011.
No. 5 Mizzou (11-1, 7-1) has reached the SEC Championship Game, with head coach Gary Pinkel leading the Tigers against No. 3 Auburn (11-1, 7-1) in Atlanta, Ga.. Kickoff for the nationally-televised CBS game is set for 3 p.m. CT., on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Georgia Dome.
Mizzou's SEC Weekly Honors
DE Markus Golden (Jr.) - Defensive Line (Sept. 7)
DE Kony Ealy (Jr.) - Defensive Line (Sept. 14)
DE Michael Sam (Sr.) - Defensive Line (Sept. 28)
DE Michael Sam (Sr.) - Defensive Line (Oct. 5)
LB Kentrell Brothers (So.) - Defensive (Oct. 12)
DE Michael Sam (Sr.) - Defensive (Oct. 19)
QB Maty Mauk (RSFr.) - Freshman (Oct. 19)
OL Justin Britt (Sr.) - Offensive Line (Nov. 2)
QB Maty Mauk (RSFr.) - Freshman (Nov. 2)
QB Maty Mauk (RSFr.) - Freshman (Nov. 9)
DL Harold Brantley (RSFr.) - Special Teams (Nov. 23)
CB E.J. Gaines (Sr.) - Defensive (Nov. 30)
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