Junior E.J. Gaines and fifth-year senior Kip Edwards might be the best pair of corners to play at…
2012 Year In Review: Defensive Back
During the 2012 season, the Missouri Tigers displayed an improved defense. There were two primary ingredients that went into Missouri's improved defensive play for 2012, including stalwart defensive line play and the best pair of starting corners of the Gary Pinkel era at Mizzou. Coming off of an all-conference sophomore season, junior corner Edwin Gaines was even better in 2012, although he didn't get tested nearly as much. Still, E.J. Gaines was able to register 74 tackles, 7 TFLs, 2 QBHs, 11 PBUs, 1 INT, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. In addition, Gaines took a handoff on a punt return and ran for 44 yards. Gaines is a tough, physical football player, with outstanding ball skills. In 2012, he did a great job of coming up in run support. And, he excelled in man-to-man coverage. Opponents didn't throw his way very much, choosing instead to seek out other match-ups. The coaching staff loves E.J. Gaines, who is an exemplary practice player, and a tough, hard-nosed...
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