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TIGER KICKOFF: Five questions for E.J. Gaines

Friday, August 30, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:16 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 30, 2013

Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines shares some of his thoughts as fall camp comes to a close and Missouri prepares for its first game of the 2013 season against Murray State.

What’s it like being back in school?

It’s different. It’s kind of like we’re off vacation. We haven’t been going to class or anything for the last month while we’ve been in two-a-days. Just getting back to it is a little weird, but we just have to get in that routine.

How nice was it to cut back on the amount of practice time you guys had in camp this year?

I loved it. I feel like we all did. I think it says a lot about coach Pinkel’s character to come out here and learn from what happened last year.

Are there any cornerbacks you model your game after?

I like multiple people in the NFL. I like to practice my game after the smaller corners in the NFL. There’s a lot more tall corners in the league right now. I watch guys like Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr. I watched a lot of guys. Just watch their technique. You can tell they’re students of the game.

Do you have any goals for your senior season?

Every year, I have goals for myself, and I set them pretty high. My goal right now is to make more turnovers for the defense and help get the defense off the field.

What do you think of the new rules limiting the types of hits you can make on defense?

I personally don’t like them because it is the game of football. I mean, in the end you do have to play by the rules. As a corner, I feel like it won’t affect me as much as the safeties or linebackers. It’s part of the game now, so we have to adjust. The rules are to protect people, and I feel like it will help the game of football. But it will take a while for us to get adjusted.


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