PITMAN, N.J. - The No. 21 Salisbury University football team saw its season come to a close on Saturday in the NCAA Division III tournament first round, but freshman defensive back Shane Gaines tallied one more New Jersey Athletic Conference weekly award for his effort in the game. He was named the conference's Defensive Rookie of the Week for the fifth time in 2015, the league announced on Sunday.
Gaines finished Salisbury's contest against No. 25 State University of New York at Cortland with eight total tackles, tying for second on the team. He tallied six solo tackles in the effort.
He finished the 2015 season fourth on the team with 62 tackles, with 29 solo and one for loss. Gaines ranked second on the team with seven pass break ups, while adding a forced fumble and an interception.
Gaines was also recently named the NJAC's Defensive Rookie of the Year for his strong first season in maroon and gold.
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