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Bobby Rainey, RB

School: Western Kentucky  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Griffin, GA
Height/Weight: 5-07 / 205 lbs.
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03/13/2012 - Under-the-radar Pro Day workouts that opened eyes: Rainey, a legitimate NFL-caliber back in my opinion that should have been invited to the Combine, also posted solid numbers, including a 4.51 second 40-yard dash time that is at least a tenth of a second faster than most scouts had anticipated from the 2011 All-American and two-time defending Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year. As impressive as the WKU workout was, some will argue that the fact that only two teams were represented speaks to the relative lack of buzz about the prospects. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/09/2012 - Six former WKU football players worked out for scouts of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans on Thursday at WKU's annual Pro Day. Defensive linemen Bo Adebayo and Jared Clendenin, defensive back Derrius Brooks, running back Bobby Rainey, offensive lineman Wes Jeffries and kicker Casey Tinius all went through a series of workouts and drills in the first of two scheduled WKU Pro Days. Brooks and Rainey used the opportunity to showcase agility and speed, as the duo impressed scouts in various different drills and workouts. Rainey, who finished his WKU career as the program's all-time leading rusher, ran the 40-yard dash on Thursday in an impressive time of 4.51 seconds, which exceeded the expectations of many. "Bobby is Bobby," WKU head coach Willie Taggart said. "I had talked to some other people and everyone expected him to be around a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. I was glad everyone thought that because that is what he thrives off of. He thrives off the motivation and for him that is people telling him what he can't do. I told some people that if he ran a 4.6 then I would give them my month's paycheck. Bobby came out here and once again proved people wrong." Rainey also completed the three-cone drill in 6.61 seconds, which would have ranked second among running back times at the 2012 NFL Combine. The three-cone drill is a drill to test the ability to plant, cut and change direction. Rainey also turned in 24 repetitions of a 225-pound bench press, which would have ranked fourth among running backs at the 2012 NFL Combine. "I think today went pretty good," Rainey said. "My overall times were good, even though I had a couple of slips. I feel like if it wasn't for a slip then it would have been better. There were still some good times, though." - Western Kentucky football

12/16/2011 - 2011 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB), has been selected All-Sun Belt Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season. Rainey ranks second nationally averaging 141.2 yards per game rushing in 2011, and his 369 carries on the year are the most in the nation for the second straight season. In addition to becoming WKU's single-season rushing leader, he also surpassed Lerron Moore to become the school's career rushing leader, ending his four years on the Hill with 4,542 yards on the ground. The Griffin, Ga., product eclipsed 100 yards in 10 of 12 games this season, including three 200-yard games. He closed out the season strong with 214 yards against North Texas and a season-high 227 against Troy on senior day - both Hilltopper victories. Rainey also leads the Sun Belt in scoring, and had multiple rushing touchdowns four times - including three-TD games against both Louisiana-Lafayette and Troy. - Western Kentucky football

12/07/2011 - 2011 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB): Rainey is now a three-time all-Sun Belt Conference selection after being named second-team all-purpose as a sophomore in 2009 and first-team running back in 2010 and 2011. He is also the second player in league history to be named Offensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. Troy's Omar Haugabook captured the award in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Rainey ranks second nationally averaging 141.2 yards per game rushing in 2011, and his 369 carries on the year are the most in the nation for the second straight season. In addition to becoming WKU's single-season rushing leader, he also surpassed Lerron Moore to become the school's career rushing leader, ending his four years on the Hill with 4,542 yards on the ground. The Griffin, Ga., product eclipsed 100 yards in 10 of 12 games this season, including three 200-yard games. - Western Kentucky football

11/26/2011 - Bobby Rainey became Western Kentucky's all-time leading rushing leader, and the Hilltoppers secured their first winning season since moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2009 with a 41-18 victory over Troy Saturday. Western Kentucky's win coupled with a loss by Arkansas State next week would make the Hilltoppers (7-5, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference) league co-champions with the Red Wolves. There is no guarantee that Western Kentucky will be selected to a bowl game, since the two Sun Belt bowl tie-ins have already been locked up by Arkansas State (GoDaddy.com Bowl) and Louisiana-Lafayette (New Orleans Bowl). Rainey had 227 yards on 43 carries and scored three second-half touchdowns. His 4,541 career yards surpassed Lerron Moore on the all-time list, and Rainey's 1,695 yards this season are also a school record. The Hilltoppers missed three fields and an extra point against Trojans (3-7, 2-4). - AP Sports

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB) rushed for a season-high 214 yards and a touchdown against North Texas, helping the Hilltopper get bowl eligible with a victory over the Mean Green. The senior All-American also caught four passes for 48 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first half. He finished the game with a 262 all-purpose yards, accounting for 54 percent of WKU's yards from scrimmage. Rainey's second 200-yard rushing game of the season also moved him into second behind Oregon's LaMichael James in rushing yards per game in 2011 as he is now averaging 133.5 yards on the ground. He enters this week's finale against Troy needing just 82 yards to become WKU's all-time leading rusher. - Sun Belt football

10/29/2011 - Jesse Roy kicked a 24-yard field goal in overtime and Western Kentucky held on for a 31-28 victory over Louisiana-Monroe after the teams combined for 22 points in a wild final minute of regulation Saturday. The Warhawks scored 21 fourth-quarter points, starting with Kolton Browning's 22-yard TD pass to Colby Harper with 4:49 remaining. Browning scored on a 6-yard run with 1 minute left for a 21-20 Louisiana-Monroe lead. The Hilltoppers (4-4, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference) answered 22 seconds later on a 4-yard touchdown run by Bobby Rainey, set up by John Evans' 79-yard kickoff return. Kawaun Jakes connected with Boe Brand for the two-point conversion to make up for a blocked kick on Western Kentucky's first TD. The Warhawks quickly covered 77 yards, with Browning hitting Anthony McCall for a 7-yard TD with 6 seconds left, forcing overtime. Louisiana-Monroe (2-6, 1-3) had the first possession in overtime, but Browning was intercepted at the goal line by Derrius Brooks, who got in front of Je'Ron Hamm. Western Kentucky has won four games in a row for the first time since 2005. The Warhawks won the previous two games in the series by a combined eight points. - AP Sports

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Rainey (Western Kentucky, Sr., RB)...Bobby Rainey rushed for 206 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Hilltoppers won their first home game since 2008 with a 42-23 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Rainey moved into fourth place on the WKU career rushing list with his performance - the second 200-yard rushing game of his career. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry on his 32 runs, picking up 99 of his 206 yards in the fourth quarter. He helped seal a victory with a 56-yard run, followed by a 24-yard touchdown run late in the fourth. He also completed his second pass of the season - a 31-yard completion. Now averaging 130.0 yards per game, Rainey moved up to third in the nation in rushing. His performance also earned him a helmet sticker on ESPN's College Gameday Final. Also named National Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. - Sun Belt football

10/22/2011 - Western Kentucky snapped an 18-game home losing streak behind Bobby Rainey's career-high three touchdowns and 206 rushing yards in a 42-23 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. The Hilltoppers (3-4, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) led the entire way after Rainey scored from 1 yard out on their opening drive. Rainey erased any doubt for a win when he broke a 24-yard touchdown with 1:09 to play for the final margin. Kadeem Jones added two touchdowns for the Hilltoppers, and Kawaun Jakes went 15 of 18 for 242 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Ragin' Cajuns (6-2, 4-1) hadn't lost since their season-opener against Oklahoma State, while the Hilltoppers have notched wins in each of their last three games. Blaine Gautier led Louisiana-Lafayette, going 32 of 51 for 419 yards and two touchdowns through the air. It was Western Kentucky's first home victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. - AP Sports

10/15/2011 - Bobby Rainey rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns Saturday and Western Kentucky played the role of spoiler by winning the first game in Florida Atlantic's new on-campus stadium, 20-0. The game drew a near-sellout crowd in the 30,000-seat, $70 million stadium, but the winless Owls' offense gave fans little to cheer about. Florida Atlantic (0-6, 0-3 Sun Belt Conference) totaled only 121 yards and six first downs. Rainey scored the first points in the stadium on a 4-yard run in the second quarter for Western Kentucky (2-4, 2-1). He added a 1-yard run following a blocked punt for the final touchdown. Florida Atlantic sputtered with quarterback David Kooi making his first career start in place of an injured Graham Wilbert. - AP Sports

10/07/2011 - Kawaun Jakes threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Rainey in the second overtime to give Western Kentucky a 36-33 victory over Middle Tennessee on Thursday night. Rainey, the Sun Belt Conference rushing leader, ran for 146 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 57 yards for the Hilltoppers (1-4, 1-1). Jakes passed for 222 yards. Logan Kilgore passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns for Middle Tennessee (1-3, 0-2). William Pratcher ran for 106 yards, and D.D. Kyles gained 96 yards and scored a touchdown. John Evans returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for Western Kentucky. - AP Sports

10/06/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee State, Oct. 6 - The two programs have met just four times since 2007 after meeting annually from 1921-1991. Western Kentucky has won just once in Murfreesboro since 1979. KEYS TO THE GAME: Western Kentucky needs continued all-out effort and some luck. They've shown since the second half of the 2010 season they can compete at a Sun Belt level, but have yet to "knock down the door", as Taggart put it. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior running back Bobby Rainey had rushed for at least 100 yards in eight straight games before playing Arkansas State. That streak ended against ASU, but the good news for WKU is Rainey rushed for 245 yards and two scores last season against the Blue Raiders. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - Now WKU is faced with not only scoring against Navy, but trying to keep up with the Midshipmen. Navy dropped 40 points on Delaware in Week 1 and scored nearly 30 per game last season. Even if the WKU defense can perform as well as it did last week, the offense has to do its part. Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey rushed for 105 yards last week, giving him six straight games with at least 100 yards on the ground. He's now 48 yards short of 3,000 and a little more than 1,400 away from the school's all-time mark. The senior rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries the last time these two schools met in 2009, a 38-22 Navy win. Western Kentucky will also be looking to break a 15-game losing streak at home. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky, Sept. 1 The two schools have met in football only twice, both coming in the last four seasons. Kentucky has dominated each time, winning by a combined 104-31. This year's contest will be played a LP Field in Nashville in front of a small crowd at a late kickoff. The Hilltoppers believe they can play with the big boys blue, and now it's time to put up or shut up. KEYS TO THE GAME: Control the clock, win the turnover margin. As if the key with most underdogs, Western Kentucky will need to play above itself to pull this one out. It starts with rushing the football with Bobby Rainey, sustaining long, clock-eating drives and then getting quick three-and-outs on the defensive end. It doesn't hurt to have a little luck, too. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - RB Bobby Rainey, named to both the preseason Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award list, needs 1,550 rushing yards to become the school's all-time leading rusher. "We're not going to sneak up on anybody this year running the ball with Bobby Rainey," offensive coordinator Zach Azzanni said. "The whole country knows we're going to give the ball to Bobby Rainey. We've got to go out there and complete passes and possession passes and move the chains, and that's going to help (quarterback) Kawaun (Jakes) and it's going to help Bobby. Obviously, Bobby's a tremendous weapon, but we can't be stubborn and just think he can do it all by himself." - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - WEEK 1 FIVE ON THE SPOT: 5. RB Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky...One of the best running backs you've never heard of, first-team All-Sun Belt pick Rainey (1,649 rushing yards, 15 TD in 2010) gets a shot to shine against a SEC defense when WKU takes on in-state foe Kentucky. It's the first of two matchups against the more well-known southern football conference in the FBS, as they'll travel to Baton Rouge in November. Though only 5-foot-7, Rainey's compact 205-pound build makes him tough to bring down -- and his sub 4.5 speed makes him tough to catch from behind. Combining open-field quickness, tough running in traffic, and straight-line speed to break off chunks of yardage makes Rainey one of the more intriguing mid-to-late round running back prospects of the year. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2011 - The second year of the Willie Taggart era begins for Western Kentucky when the Hilltoppers travel down I-65 to face in-state rival Kentucky. Part of a four-year deal in which the schools will alternate sites, WKU will be the home team at LP Field for a late kickoff televised live on ESPNU. Western Kentucky has gone 4-32 the past three seasons as it continues to transition into the FBS. Kentucky was 6-7 in 2010. Still, WKU has placed expectations high with a core of talented and youthful players returning in 2011. "We're getting there. We're not where we wanna be. We're not on (Kentucky's) level yet," WKU coach Willie Taggart said. "But I'll tell you what, we fear no one. I think our guys' mentally is that we can play with the best of 'em. Physically, we're probably not on that level. But that doesn't always win. Our guys are starting to understand that now and from a mental standpoint our guys are starting to believe. I truly believe for us to achieve anything we wanna do, we gotta believe it first and our guys are starting to do that now." Senior running back Bobby Rainey is the be all, end all for WKU, having rushed for a 2,847 career yards and 22 career TDs 15 of which came in 2010. Junior tight end Jack Doyle is considered one of the best, but the Tops will need consistent play out of quarterback Kawaun Jakes and the offensive line to put up big numbers. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - Despite being named the Sun Belt's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, WKU senior running back Bobby Rainey did not earn the Sun Belt's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year award entering the 2011 season. The Griffin, Ga. Native -- who ran for 1,649 yards and 15 touchdowns last year -- told the Bowling Green Daily News that he wasn't bothered by preseason honors, and that postseason awards are what he's more interested in. "We don't get into all of that," he said. "We just play ball. At the end of the day, the numbers speak for themselves. As long as we win, I'm good with that. I don't get into all the preseason stuff. It's good, but it don't mean anything if you don't win." QUOTE TO NOTE: "If our coach has faith in us, then of course we're going to have faith in ourselves. It gives us more confidence. The expectations haven't changed. They are still high and we still expect to meet those expectations. We're going to do whatever it takes to get there." - WKU senior running back Bobby Rainey in the Bowling Green Daily News. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: RB Bobby Rainey - A watch list member for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker Award, the 5-8, 205-pound senior was Mr. Everything for the Hilltoppers in 2010. Rainey racked up a school-record 340 carries and finished the season as the third-leading rusher in the country with an average of 137.4 yards per game. He was the end-all, be-all for the WKU offense in 2010 -- and will no doubt be the centerpiece once again this season. He enters his final year at WKU 1,550 yards shy of the all-time school rushing record. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Ask him about his ability and he will tell you that faith is "a strong part of my life." "That's basically what enables me to do what I do," he said. "I put my faith in God. I see him first in everything I do." The irony is that Western's man of God can make life hell for opponents. Last year, Rainey's 1,879 yards from scrimmage amounted to 49 percent of WKU's total, and he scored 15 of the Hilltoppers' 21 rushing touchdowns. He topped 100 rushing yards nine times, including his last six games. In seven of those games, he topped 150 yards. He finished third in the nation in rushing with an average of 137.4 yards a game - 1,649 total rush yards - and led the nation with a school-record 340 carries. He wound up 11th in the nation with nearly 157 all-purpose yards per game. "He is the ultimate competitor," WKU Coach Willie Taggart said. "Bobby's one of those kids that feels like there's nobody out there that can stop him. I think you've got to have that in you in order to achieve some of the success that Bobby has. "He has really good patience and he can cut on a dime. He doesn't have to take a lot of steps to make a cut. He can run full speed and cut off of one foot, and that's hard for most people to do. He's got really good patience and vision, and he's stronger than what most people think." Growing up in Griffin, Ga., Rainey looked up first to Barry Sanders and then Emmitt Smith, and says he admires "all the small running backs" now in the NFL. His dream is to play in the NFL. - Mark Maloney, Lexington Herald Leader

08/12/2011 - Dressed in a blue shirt with a name tag, Bobby Rainey looked ready to change the oil in your car. The theme for Western Kentucky University's football team these days is "blue-collar," so players and coaches wore shirts matching that description to Thursday's annual media day. Rainey, the engine that drives WKU, knows about hard work after carrying the football a Sun Belt Conference-record 340 times last season. That's a lot of mileage, but the senior tailback is ramping up expectations. His goal is to become the first player in league history to gain 2,000 yards in a single season, but it wasn't his idea. He said he was approached by the offensive line last season after rushing for 1,649 yards, the second-most in school history, and 15 touchdowns. "My goal is to reach their goal," the 2010 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year said. "They told me, and they have to block it. Anything that is positive and benefits the team, I'm with it. If you feel like that, I'm behind you. Let's go get it." The most rushing yards ever gained by a Sun Belt player is 1,801 by Jamario Thomas of North Texas in 2004 - Rainey's 2010 total is third all-time in the league. To reach 2,000, he will have to average 166.7 yards for 12 regular-season games. "I tell Bobby that you're either getting better or you're getting worse," WKU coach Willie Taggart said. "If you get less than 1,600 yards, you got worse. But I'll take it. ... He understands that, and we try to have that perspective about everything we do in our football program." To get better, Rainey has spent time studying film. He said he will be a smarter runner because he'll be able to recognize defenses quicker and make countermoves. This will also be Rainey's second year in the West Coast offense, so he'll know the system better. - Michael Grant, The Courier-Journal

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. Rainey is one of just 16 players to be on the Hornung Award watch list for the second straight season, and joins Florida International wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and Louisiana-Monroe running back Jyruss Edwards as the three representatives from the Sun Belt Conference. He is also the only player from the state of Kentucky on the list. The 2010 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection, Rainey had a season for the record books in 2010, finishing third in the nation in rushing (137.42 yards per game) while leading the nation in rushing attempts with 340. The attempts are also a WKU record, while his total rushing yards (1,649) rank second on the WKU single-season list - falling 19 shy of the record. - WKU football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bobby Rainey (Sr.), Western Kentucky, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. The 2010 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection, Rainey had a season for the record books in 2010, finishing third in the nation in rushing (137.42 yards per game) while leading the nation in rushing attempts with 340. The attempts are also a WKU record, while his total rushing yards (1,649) rank second on the WKU single-season list - falling 19 shy of the record. He earned honorable mention All-America honors from SI.com at the end of last season. Rainey's 1,879 yards from scrimmage represented 49.23 percent of WKU's 3,817 total team yards. - Western Kentucky football

07/19/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE (COACHES): Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB), has been selected Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference football for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the Sun Belt Head Coaches and Media Representatives. No stranger to preseason accolades this year, Rainey was also named to the preseason watch list for both the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award - presented annually to the nation's most outstanding player and nation's top running back, respectively. The 2010 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection, Rainey had a season for the record books in 2010, finishing third in the nation in rushing (137.42 yards per game) while leading the nation in rushing attempts with 340. The attempts are also a WKU record, while his total rushing yards (1,649) rank second on the WKU single-season list - falling 19 shy of the record. - WKU football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky, RB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. The 2010 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection, Rainey had a season for the record books in 2010, finishing third in the nation in rushing (137.42 yards per game) while leading the nation in rushing attempts with 340. The attempts are also a WKU record, while his total rushing yards (1,649) rank second on the WKU single-season list - falling 19 shy of the record. Rainey's 1,879 yards from scrimmage represented 49.23 percent of WKU's 3,817 total team yards. He hit 100 rushing yards nine times this season, and enters next season with a streak of five straight 100-yard performances. The Griffin, Ga., product accounted for 15 of WKU's 21 rushing touchdowns on the season, finishing with two scores in six games. He also finished 11th in the nation, averaging 156.58 all-purpose yards in 2010. - WKU football

06/26/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Bobby Rainey - Easily the team's best player, Rainey finished the 2010 season as one of the top rushers in the country and the overall focal point of coach Willie Taggart's West Coast offense. Rainey's total rushing yardage of 1,649 last season was second on the Western Kentucky's single-season list and third overall in the country in 2010. - The Sports Xchange

 
 
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04/26/2012 - The lives of three former Western Kentucky football players could take a major turn this weekend as the National Football League holds its annual player draft. The event starts tonight with the first round, but former Hilltoppers Bobby Rainey, Derrius Brooks and Bo Adebayo won't be selected during that portion. Instead, the trio will wait for this weekend's later rounds to hear their names called. "I don't know, to tell you the truth," Rainey said of what to expect. "What I feel, it'll be no later than the third round - but that's what I feel. If it goes different, who knows?" Rainey, a 5-foot-6-inch, 205-pound running back from Griffin, Ga., and Griffin High School, rushed for 1,695 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 36 passes for 361 yards and four TDs, and threw two passes for 48 yards and one score in 2011. He left the Hill as one of WKU's all-time greats, setting records for rushing yards in a season and a career. The latest teams to contact Rainey have been Denver and St. Louis, he said, and both have him lined up at running back at the next level. Rainey's headed back home to Griffin this weekend and said he just wants to keep things low-key. "No, we're not going to have a party," he said, laughing. "They want to have a party for me, but I told them, ???Nah.' I just want to be with my family at my house, that's it." - Chad Bishop, The Daily News

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