Britt, Gaines picked for East-West Shrine game
Monday, January 6, 2014
COLUMBIA —A pair of Missouri seniors are going out the right way.
Justin Britt and E.J. Gaines have accepted invitations to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game that’s scheduled for Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The annual game features some of college football’s best players and will kick off at 3 p.m. (NFL Network-TV).
The event benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international pediatric specialty health care system.
Britt started all 14 games at left tackle this season. A native of Lebanon, Britt and his offensive line counterparts helped the 2013 Missouri offense set a program record with 3,330 rushing yards.
Gaines was a vital part of Missouri’s secondary, finishing the season as the team leader with five interceptions, which were returned for a total of 17 yards. The Independence native finished third on the team with 75 tackles (4.0 tackles for loss) while missing 2-plus games due to injury.
Britt and Gaines are the 39th and 40th Tigers to head to the East-West Shrine Game, and the eighth and ninth to do so during head coach Gary Pinkel’s 13-year tenure in Columbia.
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