Rainey was named to five different All-America teams following his record-setting senior season. The Griffin, Ga., product set both the WKU single-season and career rushing record this past fall, en route to being named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, and a first-team all-Sun Belt selection. He ranked second in the nation in rushing, averaging 141.2 years per game. His 369 carries were also the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Rainey eclipsed 100 yards in 10 of WKU's 12 games this season. He was also one of just eight players since 2000 to rush for 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, and is one of just seven players this year to run, throw and catch a touchdown in 2011.
Earned honorable-mention All-America honors from SI.com after finishing the year third in the nation in rushing, averaging 137.4 yards per game...Only Oregon's LaMichael James (144.3 ypg) and Connecticut's Jordan Todman (141.3 ypg) averaged more rushing yards...His efforts also earned him Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors, and a selection to the all-league first team...Led the nation in carries, setting a new WKU record with 340 rushing attempts...Also finished second on the WKU single-season rushing list with 1,649 yards...Scored 15 rushing TDs - four shy of the school record...Rushed for over 100 yards in nine games, tying for the most 100-yard efforts ever by a Hilltopper runner...Also set a new school record with seven games of 150 or more rushing yards...Ran for a career-high 248 yards on a school-record 45 carries against Middle Tennessee...Had no fewer than 21 carries in a game all season, and ran the ball 30 or more times in four contests...Went for over 100 yards in each of the last six games, which puts him second in school history for consecutive 100-yard rushing games, two behind Antwan Floyd entering the 2010 season...Scored two touchdowns in six games, including each of the last four...In addition to leading the Sun Belt in rushing, he also ranked third in scoring (7.5 ppg), fourth in all-purpose yards (156.6 per game), and eighth in total offense (137.8 ypg)...All-purpose average also ranked 11th nationally...Enters his senior season ranked sixth on the WKU career rushing list with 2,847 yards - needing 1,550 yards to pass Lerron Moore's school record of 4,396 career rushing yards.
Named to Phil Steele's First Team All-Sun Belt Conference list after the 2009 season as a kick returner and a Third Team member as a running back...Entered the WKU football record books in junior campaign, breaking the all-time kickoff returns in a season record, with 44 returns and moved up to second all-time in career kickoff returns with 63...Gained 939 yards rushing on just 144 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and 78.2 yards per game on the ground...Broke Joey Stockton's 14-year record of net yards in a season, tallying 1,050 net yards and moved up to second on the career net yards list with 1,631 yards...Averaged just over 175 all-purpose yards per game, ranking second on the all-time single season list, while breaking the single season record for total all-purpose yards in a season with 2,101...The 175.1 all-purpose yards per game led the Sun Belt Conference in 2009...Scored seven touchdowns on the year, with six coming on the ground and one receiving...Scored from 19 yards out in the season opener against Tennessee, ending the game with 41 yards rushing and 108 yards in kickoff returns...Averaged seven yards per carry in week two against South Florida, rushing eight times for 56 yards, to go along with 110 kickoff return yards...Averaged over seven yards per carry once again in week four against Navy, rushing 14 times for 99 yards and caught a pair of passes for 17 yards...Rushed for 99 yards the following week, with two touchdowns on just nine carries...Went over the century mark in rushing yards for first time on the season in week six against Louisiana-Lafayette...Had one touchdown rushing and had a long run of 29 yards in the game...Returned five kicks for 159 yards in week seven against Middle Tennessee...Scored two touchdowns on the ground against North Texas, while also recording 133 yards on six kickoff returns...Caught four passes and rushed for 58 yards in a home contest against Troy...Rushed for over 100 yards in both week 10 and week 11, rushing for 134 yards against Louisiana-Monroe in week 10 and a career-high 144 yards on 15 carries against Florida Atlantic in week 11.
Played in eight games, compiling 275 rushing yards on just 42 carries...Averaged 6.2 yards per carry and averaged a team-best 32.4 yards per game rushing...Led team with 19 kick returns for 581 yards and 870 all-purpose yards...His 581 kick return yards were the fifth-best single-season total in school history...Averaged 108.8 all-purpose yards per game...Had seven carries for 19 yards and one touchdown in a road win over Eastern Kentucky...Had three kickoff returns for 137 yards, including a 92-yard return in a win over Murray State...Posted a team-high 99 yards rushing on only nine carries against Kentucky...Also recorded 149 yards in kickoff returns and 256 all-purpose yards in the game...Had eight carries for 54 yards in a road contest against #20 Virginia Tech...Posted 59 yards rushing on eight carries and had four kick returns for 92 yards against #25 Ball State.
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Griffin High ... Rushed for more than 5,000 yards and threw for more than 1,000 while accounting for 88 touchdowns in his career ... Participated in the North-South Georgia All-Star Game following his senior season ... Was named the CSS Chevy Offensive Player of the Year in Georgia and first-team all-state as a senior after rushing for 2,040 yards and 31 scores ... Also threw for four touchdowns and caught another ... Lettered in basketball as a freshman.
Full Name - Bobby Rainey, Jr.; Parents - Bobby Rainey, Sr. (construction and mechanic) and Janice Davis (homemaker); Birth - Oct. 16, 1987, Griffin, Ga.; HS - Griffin '07; HS Coach - Steve Devoursney; HS Letters - football 4, basketball; Major - undecided; Hobbies - basketball, video games.
- 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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