Saturday, September 3, 2011
Young corners? Big plays for the Tigers
By David Ubben
Missouri lost two senior cornerbacks from last year's team, Kevin Rutland and Carl Gettis. Additionally, the team's third corner in 2010, Kip Edwards, isn't playing today.
Replacing them won't be easy, but the coaching staff has lauded its young defensive backs all offseason.
That confidence paid off late in the first half when sophomore E.J. Gaines intercepted a pass in the end zone to keep Miami (Ohio) off the scoreboard and the Tigers ahead, 10-0.
Gaines came from underneath on the play and intercepted the ball in zone coverage.
The road will get tougher for this secondary once it starts facing Big 12 quarterbacks, but for now, Gaines is helping Missouri's defense carry over a strong season from 2010.