Gaines was a vital part of Mizzou's defensive secondary, finishing the season as the Tigers' interceptions leader with five pickoffs returned for a total of 17 yards. The Independence, Mo., native finished third on the team with 75 tackles (4.0 TFL) while missing 2.5 games due to injury in the middle of Mizzou's 2013 campaign.
Had a solid junior campaign that saw him lead the team with 11 pass break ups and finish 4th on the squad with a career-high 74 tackles ... Closed the season in big fashion when he had 10 tackles and added two pass break ups and an interception at Texas A&M ... The week before against Syracuse saw him break up a season-high three passes while making five tackles against the Orange ... Had three tackles in the first game of the season - one solo and two assists - and also recorded a tackle for loss ... Broke up two passes and had three tackles - including one for a loss - in the defeat to Georgia ... Had five tackles against Arizona State and broke up two passes ... Added 44 yards on a punt return against the Sun Devils after taking a handoff on a reverse from Marcus Murphy ... Finished the South Carolina game with seven tackles - third-most on the team (six solo) ... Had a monster game at UCF, leading all Mizzou defenders with 13 tackles ... Of those 13, eight were of the solo variety, while he accumulated two tackles for loss totaling nine yards ... Also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter which helped ice the victory, and earlier broke up a pass.Posted seven tackles (five solo, two assists) . including two tackles for loss against Vanderbilt ... Posted four tackles (all solo) against Alabama ... Was all over the place in the Tigers' 33-10 homecoming win over Kentucky, posting four tackles (three solo, one assist) with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery for a scoop-and-score of 13 yards with a pass break up and a quarterback hit ... Posted five tackles (all solo), forced a fumble and led Mizzou with two quarterback hits in the Tigers' 14-7 loss at Florida ... Was sensational in the Tigers' 51-48, four overtime win at Tennessee, posing eight tackles, all solos, in the win ... His eight tackles were second-best on the team in the win.
Won the starting job in fall camp and turned in an outstanding season, as he won 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors ... Set an MU record, and ranked 4th in the NCAA with his 18 passes defended, while he also ranked 5th on the team with 69 tackles ... Recorded five tackles against Miami (Ohio), three solo and two assisted, in the first start of his career ... kept the Redhawks off the scoreboard late in the first half by intercepting a Zac Dysert pass in the end zone after Miami had driven 67 yards down inside the MU 15-yard-line ... recorded three tackles - one solo - against Western Illinois ... in just the second punt return of his career, returned a late fourth quarter kick 44 yards for Mizzou's final score of the night ... recorded five solo tackles and picked off a Landry Jones pass off a deflection in Mizzou's loss at No. 1 Oklahoma .. had the second most tackles on the team against Kansas State with a total of eight ... of those eight tackles, seven were solo, while he also registered 2.5 TFL.Had a monster game against Iowa State, finishing the game with nine tackles, the second most on the team ... also forced his first fumble of the season and broke up a pass against the Cyclones ... intercepted Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden in the end zone and returned it 54 yards into Cowboy territory for his second pick of the year ... also recorded six tackles and broke up three passes on the day ... posted career-bests in tackles (10) and pass breakups (four) against Texas A&M, which helped him earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors ... posted a seven tackle day at Baylor while also adding another pass breakup ... finished the Texas game with six tackles and two pass breakups ... recorded a pair of tackles and two more pass breakups against Texas Tech, giving him 16 for the season which broke previous MU single season record of 15 (set in 2002 by Michael Harden) ... posted three tackles against Kansas, including an assisted tackle for loss.
Earned a letter as a true freshman, as he proved quickly in fall camp that he was ready to contribute to the Tiger defense ... Played in all 13 games and recorded 26 tackles in all and broke up a pass as he saw time on special teams, and also more and more on defense as the year progressed ... Made one tackle against Illinois, in his first collegiate appearance ... Had three stops against McNeese State ... Added three tackles in both the Miami (Ohio) game Colorado game ... Had another three-tackle game against Nebraska ... Best game of the year came at Texas Tech, as he made eight tackles (all solo stops) ... Recorded two tackles against Kansas and also broke up a pass in MU's domination of its border rival.
A standout two-way player with good instincts, speed and a physical nature to whatever position he's lined up at ... Ranked as the No. 9 overall talent in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com, and also by the same outlet as the nation's No. 51-ranked cornerback prospect ... Scout.com slotted him as the nation's No. 52-ranked cornerback talent, while he was ranked by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 57 cornerback prospect ... Was a two-time First-Team All-State performer ... Helped lead his team to the Missouri Class 5 title game as a senior in 2009, before they fell to Webster Groves in the championship game ... Ran for 78 yards and made three tackles in the title game, as his team held a 14-10 lead late in the third quarter before eventually falling, 31-14 ... Had a monster senior season, as he ran for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 400 yards, while also starring in the secondary by making 72 tackles and two interceptions ... Turned in an 89-tackle season as a junior, when he added 5 interceptions (including one he returned for a score) in 2008 ... Added 88 stops and five interceptions as a sophomore in 2007 ... High school coach - Ryan Schartz ... Also a standout performer in track and basketball for his school, as he won all-state honors in track two different years.
Parents - Edwin Gaines & Alta Bailey ... Interested in studying management at Mizzou ... Lists hobbies as reading and playing video games, especially Madden Football ... Has served as a referee for little league basketball games in his spare time ... Chose Mizzou very early in the recruiting process, soon after receiving a scholarship offer.
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: ST. LOUIS RAMS: Round 6/188 -- E.J. Gaines, CB, 5-10, 190, Missouri...An undersized playmaker, Gaines shut down Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Adams last season, holding him to four catches for 8 yards. He is good against the run, and he plays a physical game with aggressiveness. Gaines is a good zone corner who loves to compete. He believes he possesses the versatility to help at corner, in the slot or even safety. - The Sports Xchange