CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 12, vs. Texas (2014)
Tackles For Loss: 1 2x, vs. Oklahoma (2014)*
Interceptions: 1 4x, vs. Kansas (2014)*
Pass Breakups: 2 2x, vs. Texas (2014)*
* Indicates most recent high
2014 All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)... played in 10 games (10 starts) with 63 tackles (37 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble... BIG 12 RANKINGS: 24th in tackles/game (6.2)... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: tallied seven tackles (all solo) with one tackle for loss against No. 24 Oklahoma (11/15)... tied for team lead with a career-high 12 tackles (nine solo) and forced a fumble and broke up two passes against Texas (11/1)... made four tackles (one solo) at No. 10 TCU (10/25)... tallied five tackles (three solo) with 0.5 tackles for loss, one interception (2nd of the season/4th career) and broke up two passes against Kansas (10/18)... collected seven tackles (six solo) against West Virginia (10/11)... tallied four tackles (three solo) with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery at No. 22 Kansas State (10/4)... made five tackles (one solo) and recorded the first interception of the season for the Red Raiders at No. 24 Oklahoma State (9/25)... third on the team with seven tackles (two solo) against Arkansas (9/13)... tied for second on the team with eight tackles (one solo) at UTEP (9/6)... tallied four tackles (all solo) in season opener against Central Arkansas (8/30).
2013 Played in five games (5 starts) with 16 tackles (13 solo) and made two interceptions before suffering a season-ending injury during the Iowa State game... tallied one tackle (solo) against Iowa State (10/12)... made second career interception (return for 36 yards) and collected two tackles (two solo) at Kansas (10/5)... notched first career interception (23 yards on return) with seven tackles against No. 24 TCU (9/12)... intercepted TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin in the second quarter with Tech leading 10-0 at the 9:18 mark... was Tech's second interception of the season and the Red Raiders first pick off in Big 12 play since playing at TCU in 2012... posted one tackle (solo) in home opener against Stephen F. Austin (9/7)... made season debut with three tackles (all solo) in season opener at SMU (8/30).
2012 Played in 13 games (0 starts) with nine tackles (7 solo, 2 assisted)... collected at least one tackle in six games... notched multiple tackles on two occasions... posted two tackles at No. 3 Kansas State (10/27)... made one solo tackle at No. 21 TCU (10/20)... had one solo tackle against No. 4 West Virginia (10/13)... posted a tackle (solo) against New Mexico (9/15)... had a season-high three tackles (one solo) at Texas State (9/8)... made career debut with a tackle (solo) against Northwestern State (9/1) in the season opener.
2011 Redshirt season... Scout team member... did not play.
HIGH SCHOOL Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas... three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN.com ... member of Dave Campbell's Top 300 ... as a senior he posted 31 total tackles (19 solo and 12 assisted) ... notched three interceptions, two blocked field goals, three pass deflections and one fumble recovery ... 51 receptions for 762 receiving yards and nine touchdowns ... rushed for 192 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown ... earned first team all-district and second team all-state as a senior... logged seven returns for 130 yards ... as a junior he was an all-district quarterback and passed for 1,483 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 647 yards and three TD's... also participated in track and field... High School Coach: Steven Hohenberger.
PERSONAL J.J. Gaines... born May 26, 1993, in Dallas, Texas... son of Michael McCuis and Taraney Ephraim... has an older brother, Ty, and an older sister, Jasmyn... a sociology major at Texas Tech.