Missouri senior cornerback E.J. Gaines was chosen Monday as the co-defensive player of the week in the Southeastern Conference.
Gaines, who shared the award with Mississippi senior safety Nickoe Whitley, shut down Texas A&M sophomore wide receiver Mike Evans on Saturday, allowing him to catch only four passes for eight yards in a 28-21 victory for the Tigers.
Evans led the SEC in yards and touchdowns before being blanketed by Gaines, who finished with six tackles for a defense that limited the Aggies to 379 total yards.
Gaines, a Fort Osage graduate, ranks fourth in the SEC with four interceptions and is third for Missouri with 59 tackles despite missing two and a half games.
The Tigers, who play Auburn for the SEC title Saturday at the Georgia Dome, have won 12 weekly conference awards, which is the most in a single season in program history.
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