University of Missouri

Two Tigers selected for Shrine game

Updated: 2014-01-07T04:33:32Z


The Kansas City Star

Two Missouri seniors, left tackle Justin Britt and cornerback E.J. Gaines, were invited to the East-West Shrine Game, an all-star football event Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Britt started all 14 games for the Tigers, including a 41-31 victory Friday against Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl, helping pave the way for an offense that rushed for a program-record 3,330 yards.

Gaines, a Fort Osage graduate, led Missouri with five interceptions. He finished third on the Tigers with 75 tackles, including four for a loss, despite missing 2 1/2 games because of a thigh injury.

Gaines also returned a fumble for a touchdown against Auburn in the SEC Championship game.

Missouri has now sent 40 players to the East-West Shrine Game, including nine under coach Gary Pinkel.

The game, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, kicks off at 3 p.m. and will be televised on NFL Network.

Tickets for the East-West Shrine Game, which start at $15, are available at or

Last month, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala.

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