At Navy: Was elected by his teammates to serve as a co-captain, along with Noah Copeland, for the 2014 season ... being elected co-captain is the highest honor a Navy football player can receive ... enters the fall as the starter at free safety after starting the final seven games there in the fall ... had started 24 consecutive games at cornerback before moving to safety last year ... has good size and speed ... has earned three varsity letters.
2013: Garnered First-Team FBS All-Independent honors and was a Second-Team All-Independent selection by Phil Steele ... Started all 13 games, the first six at cornerback and the last seven at free safety ... was fourth on the team with 65 tackles, including two for a loss ... along with Brendon Clements and Chris Johnson, led Navy with three interceptions and posted a pair of pass breakups ... member of the Mids' defensive unit that held eight of its 13 opponents under their scoring average this season, including Middle Tennessee who managed just two field goals in the 24-6 loss to the Mids ... the six points were the fewest allowed among the bowl games this season and Navy's defense was the only unit in the country to not allow a touchdown in the postseason this year ... Navy was also the only team in the country who did not give up a pass of 50 yards or more over the course of the season ... helped hold Middle Tennessee to a season-low six points en route to winning the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl ... it was the first time since the 2012 loss to San Jose State (12-0) that Navy's defense has not surrendered a touchdown (offense or defense) ... it is also the fewest points a Navy opponent has scored since the Mids defeated VMI, 41-3, in 2012 ... the defense held Middle Tennessee to 91 yards on the ground, the fewest by an opponent since Central Michigan rushed for 70 yards in 2012 ... the Blue Raiders came into the game averaging 208.3 yards rushing ... chipped in five tackles against Middle Tennessee ... Navy's defense held Army, ranked No. 2 in the country in rushing (323.6), to a season-low 157 yards ... Navy was the only team to hold the Black Knights under 200 yards rushing this season ... the Mids held Army to a season-low seven points ... it's the fewest points scored by the Black Knights against the Mids since 2009 when Navy posted a 17-3 win in Philly ... posted three solo tackles in Navy's 34-7 win over Army ... came up with the biggest defensive play of the game in Navy's triple overtime win over San Jose State, as he picked off QB David Fales in the end zone in the third overtime to clinch the win ... also contributed a pair of tackles ... Navy's defensive unit held South Alabama to a season-low 14 points, 15 points under the Jags' average ... the Mids held South Alabama off the scoreboard for the final 39 minutes of the contest as Navy scored the final 32 points of the game ... the Jags averaged just 3.3 yards per rush and 5.0 yards per passing attempts which were season lows for a Navy opponent this season ... produced six tackles in the win over South Alabama ... contributed six tackles in Navy's victory over Hawai'i ... turned in nine tackles at Notre Dame and picked off a pass and returned it 12 yards ... made the move from cornerback to free safety against Pitt where he produced four solo tackles including a tackle for loss ... turned in four tackles at Toledo, including a tackle for loss and broke up a pass on a key third down play late in regularion ... produced five tackles in Navy's loss at Duke ... part of a defense that held Air Force scoreless in the second half and to a season-low 10 points, while holding the Falcons to 231 yards on the ground, better than 60 yards under their average ... pitched in four tackles and broke up a pass in the win over the Falcons ... turned in four tackles and an interception returned for 21 yards against Western Kentucky ... it was his third career pick and first of the season ... posted three solo tackles in Navy's home-opener against Delaware ... led the Midshipmen with 10 tackles against the Hoosiers, including seven solo stops ... eclipsed the 100-tackle milestone for his career with his 10-tackle effort in the opener against Indiana.
2012: Started all 13 contests ... named an Honorable Mention All-Independent Team selection by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Indpendent Player of the Week awards ... member of the Navy defensive unit that was ranked 40th nationally in pass defense (215.23 yds/gm) ... finished the season fifth on the team in tackles with 69 (42-27), including two tackles for a loss and two interceptions ... registered six tackles against Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... turned in seven tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss in the Mids' 17-13 Star Game victory over Army ... member of the Mids' defensive unit that held Texas State scoreless for the first 42 minutes of the game ... turned in four tackles against the Bobcats and broke up a pass ... was in on five tackles at Troy, making four solo stops ... after surrendering the game's first 10 points, part of a Navy defense that held Florida Atlantic scoreless for the better part of 30 minutes between the second and fourth quarters (8:57 2nd - 9:07 4th) ... one of seven players to lead Navy with seven tackles in the win over the Owls ... also broke up a pass, the first of his career ... pitched in a pair of tackles in the road win against East Carolina ... despite not having any tackles in the contest, made one of the biggest plays of the Indiana game, picking off the Hoosiers starting QB Cameron Coffman on 2nd-and-10 with 1:38 remaining to seal the 31-30 win for the Mids ... it was his second career interception and second this season ... paced Navy in tackles with seven in their 31-13 win at Central Michigan ... also pitched in a tackle for a loss of two yards ... part of a defense that held the Chippewas to a season-low 221 yards (70 rush, 151 pass) and 12 first downs ... the 70 yards rushing by the Chippewas were the fewest yards rushing by a Navy opponent since Missouri rushed for 65 yards on 26 carries in the 2009 Texas Bowl ... turned in three tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss of two yards against Air Force ... part of a defense that did not allow a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters (Penn State fourth quarter - San Jose State) ... the streak was the best by a Navy defense since 2008 when the Mids did not allow a touchdown for 10 straight quarters (fourth quarter against Notre Dame, shut out Northern Illinois, shut out Army and did not allow a first quarter point to Wake Forest) ... paced the Mids with a career-high tying 12 tackles against San Jose State ... part of a defensive unit that held VMI scoreless for the final 53-plus minutes of action ... held the Keydets to just a field goal in the opening quarter, marking the first time Navy's defense did not surrender a touchdown to its opponent since 2009 when defeating Army, 17-3 ... turned in three solo stops against VMI ... came up with just one tackle in Navy's loss at Penn State ... paced Navy with a career-high 12 tackles against Notre Dame, which featured eight solo stops ... recorded his first-career interception by picking off Irish QB Everett Golson in the second quarter and returned the ball five yards.
2011: Started the final five games of the year ... played in seven games overall ... was in on 30 tackles including 21 solo stops over the course of the season ... also chipped in 1.0 tackle for a loss and forced one fumble ... recorded a solo tackle in his first appearance in the annual Army-Navy game ... part of a Navy defense that forced three Army turnovers and held the Black Knights to just 97 yards on the ground in the second half after giving up 201 in the opening half ... turned in six tackles against San Jose State ... contributed three tackles in Navy's win at SMU ... started the game against Troy where he made a career-high tying seven tackles, including a tackle for a loss of one ... stripped Troy RB Shawn Southward at the Navy 35-yard line and was recovered by teammate Colin Sturdivant ... it marked his first-career forced fumble ... made his first-collegiate start at Notre Dame where he posted a career-high seven tackles ... recorded a career-high five tackles against East Carolina in what marked his most extensive action to date ... made his collegiate debut in the Mids' loss to Southern Miss where he was in on a tackle.
High School / Personal: A 2011 graduate of Smyrna High School, Gaines was a three-sport athlete who earned letters in football (6), basketball (6) and track & field (6) ... earned All-State (Tenn.) recognition in football, as well as all-county honors, his senior year ... was twice selected team captain of the football and basketball teams ... named the team's MVP in both sports his senior year ... served as his junior and senior Class President ... recipient of the J.J. McWilliams and National Football Foundation Scholarships ... volunteered at the Smyrna Public Library ... uncle, Bobby Johnson, was the leading receiver on the New York Giants team that won the Super Bowl in 1986 ... son of Delanna Johnson ... majoring in political science.