2018 Prospect Profile: Greg Gaines enters 2017 as one of the top DIs in the Pac-12

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 27: Defensive lineman Greg Gaines #99 of the Washington Huskies rushes quarterback Peyton Bender #6 of the Washington State Cougars during a football game at Husky Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies won the game 45-10. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

  • Washington interior defender Greg Gaines’ premier performance last season was masked by his teammate and fellow PFF favorite Vita Vea. However, Gaines still managed to finish the 2016 season ranked No. 3 among returning Pac-12 interior defenders in terms of overall grade (84.0).
  • Gaines bested all returning Pac-12 interior defenders, including Vea, when playing the run, as he earned a conference-high 86.4 run defense grade in 2016.
  • Recording 22 stops on 249 snaps against the run, Gaines ranked No. 4 in run stop percentage (8.8 percent) among returning Pac-12 defensive tackles.
  • Gaines has far surpassed expectations with the Huskies since joining the team as a three-star recruit out of California in 2014, posting an average overall grade of 81.9 over the course of his 27 games (20 starts) in his collegiate career.

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