At Connecticut, the University of Louisville cornerback scored the games first points when he blocked a first quarterback punt and returned it 7 yards for a touchdown. He also grabbed his third interception of the year, good for second best on the team.
Following the team practice on Wednesday, the former receiver visited with the media for the first time in his career.
He immediately credited others for his improving play.
"Playing against the best every day," he said. "Monday through Friday, going against the best receivers, the best o-line, the best quarterback and most of all, listening to my coaches."
"As for the interceptions, I rely on the guys in front of me and the guys behind me. We have some outstanding safeties in Calvin Pryor and Hakeem Smith and we have a great d-line that is being well coached and great linebackers."
As a freshman Gaines hauled in 11 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown. Making the transition to the defensive side of the ball wasn't an easy move.
"It was hard," he admitted. "I like to put up points. I wanted to help my team in any way that I could, so I put my team before anything and listened to what my coaches have to say."
When asked who the fastest member of the team is, Gaines was quick to claim that title.
"You're looking at him," he said. "I'm the fastest on the team. I'll take that crown. "not even"