2017 NFL Draft

Chris Rainey, RB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lakeland, FL
Height/Weight: 5-08 / 180 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/159 - Chris Rainey, RB, 5-8, 180, Florida...All-purpose, fleet back at Florida doesn't really seem to fit in Pittsburgh. He runs a 4.37 and while Rashard Mendenhall recovers from ACL surgery, Rainey won't replace him. COULD SURPRISE: Running back RB Chris Rainey: His speed and versatility could make him a wild-card offensive threat under new offensive coordinator Todd Haley. - The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - The NFL Draft is usually a celebration for Florida, validation that those who star as Gators also will star as pros. This year, the draft will go relatively unnoticed in Gainesville. There are just two players - running back Chris Rainey and defensive tackle Jaye Howard - with a strong chance of being picked. Florida will lose its streak of five straight years with a first-round pick, the longest current run in the country, and this draft class will be reflective of a team that went 7-6 in 2011. "I've always said you find out what kind of football team you had in April," Gators coach Will Muschamp said. "Alabama's going to have five in the first round." The mighty Crimson Tide, loaded with NFL prospects, won the national championship last season and demolished Florida 38-10. Two years removed from seeing a school-record nine players drafted, including six in the first two rounds, UF is looking at one of the smallest draft classes in program history. Since 1980, Florida has had at least three players selected in 28 of 31 drafts. The best prospect is Rainey, who left Florida as one of its top 10 rushers. - Jason Lieser, The Palm Beach Post

03/14/2012 - Scouts who watched 2011 first-round pick Joe Haden run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-second range can't cry "fast track" when analyzing the peformance of Florida running back Chris Rainey's 4.37-second 40-yard dash Tuesday. "I did great. Way better than the Combine," Rainey said afterward, noting marked improvement over his 4.5 time at the Scouting Combine, in the Gainesville Sun. "I've been thinking about that a long time. I had to come out here and redeemmyself. I didn't get the 4.1 (as predicted), but I still did good." Rainey, 5-9, 190, has worked out as a wide receiver and running back and is likely to play a scatback and return specialist role early in his career as teams evaluate how to maximize his short-area quickness and explosive suddenness and speed. As was the case last week at Miami (Fla.), what once was a must-attend cattle call of scouts was this year a sparsely populated workout for scouts. Twenty-four teams attended, but only one head coach, nearby Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey, who attended Florida, was on hand. He was the limited attendance was surprising. He took notice of Rainey, and said quarterback John Brantley would likely make it to training camp where he'll have to prove his worth. "Rainey is multi-talented. He can do a lot of things," Mularkey said, per the Sun. "You want to get the ball in his hands and let him do his thing. He's a little bit like Percy (Harvin). He's a guy who can hurt you in many ways." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

03/14/2012 - Chris Rainey isn't concerned about his NFL Draft stock; he doesn't "want to hear all of that bullcrap." The former Florida do-everything back just cares about proving to NFL teams that he belongs in the league. He did his best to convince them Tuesday morning during UF's Pro Day in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Rainey didn't run the 4.1-second 40-yard dash he boasted about before the NFL Combine, but the 5-foot-9, 180-pound speedster clocked times of 4.3 and 4.33 Tuesday. "I did great, man, way better than the combine, I know that," Rainey said. "That 40 time, I've been thinking about that for the longest, and I had to come out here and redeem myself." Not only did Rainey redeem himself in the 40, but he also showed off his route-running ability and his hands during drills. Coaches, scouts and former players in attendance compared Rainey to former teammate and current Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, who was in attendance Tuesday. "[Rainey's] multitalented," Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said. "He can do a lot of things with the ball. You just have to get him the ball and let him do his thing. Probably a little bit like Percy - guys from the same school, same speed, same qualities that can hurt you in many ways." Although Rainey said the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Harvin is the "perfect comparison" despite the difference in size, Rainey said he wants to be like the New England Patriots' Wes Welker. Rainey already has workouts scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 2 and the Cincinnati Bengals after that. - Tom Green, The Independent Florida Alligator

03/13/2012 - The most talented players at Florida's Pro Day were spectators. Undersized running back Chris Rainey and underachieving defensive tackle Jaye Howard were the main attractions for NFL scouts Tuesday. No general managers and only one head coach, Jacksonville's Mike Mularkey, were on hand for the workouts. It was a stark contrast from recent years, when the Gators showcased some of the top talent in the country. Florida has had eight players selected in the NFL draft's first round over the last five years, including Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin and Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. Three of those guys-Harvin and the Pouncey twins-were on hand for Tuesday's event. Rainey and Howard are expected to be middle-round picks. Quarterback John Brantley, receiver Deonte Thompson and others also worked out. - AP Sports

02/26/2012 - Florida running back Chris Rainey, who confidently said he expected to run a 4.1-second 40-yard dash and "definitely" would break the Combine record, posted an unofficial 4.37 on his first attempt Sunday. That equaled Oregon's LaMichael James for the fastest times among the running backs so far. Miami's Lamar Miller is being credited with a 4.38 and Virginia Tech's David Wilson, both expected to be second-round picks, ran an unofficial 4.40. The vast majority of the unofficial times have been around a tenth of a second faster than the "official" time released later by NFL.com through National Football Scouting. As we've noted during the event, NFLDraftScout.com data shows Trindon Holiday's 4.21 in 2010 as the fastest Combine time since 2000. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/25/2012 - Florida running back Chris Rainey wasn't shy about his expectations for his 40-yard dash Sunday. "I'm going for the 4.1. I'm going for the big one," he said. The fastest 40 time at the Combine since 2000 was Trindon Holliday's 4.21 in 2010. Will the record fall? "Oh, definitely," said Rainey, who said he fastest 40 to date is 4.23. Quotable: "I love him for that, too. He set the role for all the little people." - Rainey on Saints running back Darren Sproles. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL INVITE: A pair of talented seniors will don their University of Florida helmets one final time later this month at the 2012 Senior Bowl. Running back Chris Rainey and defensive tackle Jaye Howard have both officially accepted invitations to the senior showcase event, it was announced today. Rainey closed out his Florida career in style, blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown in the Gators' bowl victory over Ohio State. It was the sixth blocked punt of his career, which is tops not only in Florida history but also the SEC. A first team All-SEC selection (Coaches) in 2011, Rainey led the Gators in rushing yards this year with 861 and was second in receiving yards with 381. He had four 100-yard rushing games this season, enjoying his best outing of the year against Tennessee where he rushed for 108 yards and added 104 receiving yards-becoming just the second player in school history to break the century mark in both categories in a single game. "It feels good. I know a lot of great players have come to this game and I'm glad I'm invited and hope to do the best that I can to compete with the other greats," Rainey said. Rainey scored five total touchdowns in 2011 (2 rush, 2 rec, 1 punt return) and totaled a team-best 1,451 all-purpose yards. "That's my number one thing in my eyes and the first thing I'm going to tell the scouts and coaches is that I want to be on special teams. They are going to have to set up some scheme for me to block a punt or do whatever they want me to do on special teams, because I love special teams and that's the number one thing that wins games," Rainey added. - SeniorBowl.com

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Florida improved to 19-19 all-time in bowl games with a 37-24 win over Penn State in last year's Outback Bowl. The Gators have won five of their last six bowl games. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Chris Rainey leads the Gators in rushing (790 yards on 5.1 yards per carry) and is second in receiving (350 yards). Rainey has been fairly consistent catching balls out of the backfield and is capable of making big plays with his speed on the edge. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP - Chris Rainey, Florida, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Rainey, who was selected to the First Team as an all-purpose performer, had an impressive senior campaign where he led the Gators in rushing (790), receiving (350) and punt return (75) yards. Rainey also placed his name in the UF record books with several impressive performances. He blocked punts against both Tennessee and FAU, to become UF's career leader in blocked kicks with five. Against Tennessee, he rushed for 108 yards and caught two passes for 104 yards including an 83-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley; the pass was the fifth longest pass at Florida Field in school history. With his performance vs. Tennessee, he became just the second player in UF history to tally a 100-yard rushing and receiving performance joining Percy Harvin (2007 vs. Vanderbilt: 113 rushing, 110 receiving). Additionally, against FAU, he scored a 14-yard rushing TD, had a 14-yard TD reception and returned a blocked punt 22 yards for a TD to become the first Florida player in school history to score a rushing, receiving and return TD in a single game. - Florida football

11/14/2011 - WEEK 11 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB CHRIS RAINEY (Florida) -- Rushed for 132 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 30 yards against South Carolina. - SEC football

09/23/2011 - RB Chris Rainey blocked his second punt of the season and fifth of his career to share UF's all-time record for blocked kicks in a career. Rainey's 83-yard TD catch and run from QB John Brantley was the longest TD catch ever for a UF running back. Rainey (104 yards receiving) became just the fourth Florida running back to have more than 100 yards receiving in a game, joining John L Williams (103 against Georgia, Nov. 9, 1985), Neal Anderson (107 vs. SW Louisiana, Oct. 19, 1995) and Tommy Durrance (106 against Miami, Nov. 27, 1971). - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Florida at Kentucky, Sept. 24 - Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) will look to continue its strong start to the season with its first road test. Kentucky (2-1) hasn't beaten the Gators since 1986 and is coming off a 24-17 loss to Louisville. KEYS TO THE GAME: Florida must avoid a letdown after an emotional win against Tennessee. Kentucky's offense has struggled early this season, but the Gators must go into the game with an emphasis to stop freshman RB Josh Clemons. Clemons is averaging 5.2 yards per carry with 2 TDs. On offense, Florida must avoid turning the ball over against a Kentucky defense that ranks seventh in the SEC in yards allowed (314.7 ypg). Look for senior QB John Brantley (3 TDs, 2 interceptions) to continue to throw short and intermediate routes if that's what the defense is giving him. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Chris Rainey has been the speedy, big-play cog of UF's offense so far this season, leading the Gators in rushing (306 yards) and receiving (214 pounds). He'll need to continue to find ways to work in space while opposing defenses focus their attention on him. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - Florida RB Chris Rainey was named co-SEC offensive player of the week, while PK Caleb Strugis earned SEC special teams player of the week honors. Rainey finished with 233 all-purpose yards and blocked his school-record fifth career punt in UF's 33-23 win over Tennessee. Sturgis went 4-for-4 on field attempts to improve to 9-for-9 for the season. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - In the end, all of the penalties, the dropped interceptions and check-down throws to the running backs didn't matter to Florida coach Will Muschamp. With a suffocating defense and enough big plays on offense, Florida (3-0) survived its first Southeastern Conference test with a 33-23 win over Tennessee. The Gators jumped to a 30-7 lead before holding on late to allow Muschamp to earn his first-ever SEC win. "We'll line up in the wishbone if we can win," Muschamp said. "It's all about winning to me." On this day, it was all about senior running back Chris Rainey, who once again put on a command performance (108 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving). Rainey's game-breaking 83-yard TD catch from QB John Brantley in the third quarter put the game away. Rainey took a middle screen from Brantley, then faked Tennessee safety Prentiss Waggner and raced past the Tennessee defense for the score. "He can take a two-yard pass and turn it into an 83-yard touchdown," Brantley said. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Chris Rainey - Once again, Rainey did a little bit of everything for the Gators at The Swamp. Rainey finished with team-highs in rushing (104 yards) and receiving (108 yards) and blocked the school-record fifth punt of his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - Weis said since the spring, he's been telling the pro scouts about Rainey. "I've been telling every pro scout that has been coming since the spring that if Jeff Demps is better than him, you better draft him really high," Weis said. "They know about (Rainey) now. It's tough not to know about him. "You can make a highlight film from his first three games. That gets their attention. We'll worry about that in January. Chris is fun to be around." - Robbie Andreu, Gatorsports.com

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Rainey, Running Back, Florida, accounted for a season-high 233 all-purpose yards - 108 rushing, 104 receiving, 21 on punt returns - in Florida's 33-23 win over Tennessee...He is just the second player in the country to tally a 100-yard rushing and receiving performance (Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech) this season...Rainey became just the second Gator in program history to go over 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game (Percy Harvin, 2007 vs. Vanderbilt). - SEC football

09/18/2011 - WEEK 3 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Rainey totaled 233 all-purpose yards, scored a touchdown and registered his school-record fifth blocked punt to help the 16th-ranked Gators (3-0) defeat Tennessee for the seventh-consecutive time, 33-23. He tallied 108 yards rushing and 104 yards receiving against the Vols, becoming the second player in the country and first in the SEC this season to record a 100-yard performance in both categories in a single game. Rainey joined Percy Harvin (in 2007 against Vanderbilt) as the only Gators in school history to accomplish the feat. Rainey has rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games against UAB (119 yards on 16 carries) and Tennessee (108 yards on a career-high 21 carries), the first time a Gator running back has eclipsed the century mark in two-straight outings since Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) did so during the 2008 season against Arkansas and LSU. - Florida football

09/18/2011 - Chris Rainey slipped out of the backfield, caught the ball in the middle of the field and turned toward the end zone. No one was around him. No one was going to catch him, either. Not this time. Rainey had 233 total yards, including an 83-yard touchdown catch, and No. 16 Florida beat rival Tennessee 33-23 Saturday to extend two decades of dominance in the Southeastern Conference series. Rainey finished with 108 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving and blocked a punt that led to a field goal. His touchdown pretty much sealed it, allowing the Gators (3-0, 1-0) to push their winning streak in the series to seven games. "Rainey is a special athlete," quarterback John Brantley said. "He's really grown up. He deserves all this he's doing." Florida has won 16 of 22 since the Eastern Division teams started playing annually in 1990. The Volunteers (2-1, 0-1) had hoped to snap the streak with quarterback Tyler Bray, but the game ended with another Florida celebration in the Swamp. Rainey and a swarming defense had a lot to do with it. Rainey proved again to be the team's most valuable player. Rainey became the first Florida player since Percy Harvin in 2007 to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game. "He talks a lot, but he doesn't complain about anything," Gators coach Will Muschamp said. "He works awful hard, he works extremely hard. Playing football, playing at Florida is really important to him." Rainey also returned three punts for 21 yards, giving him 563 all-purpose yards through three games. - AP Sports

09/16/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Chris Rainey has scored four touchdowns and leads the Gators in both rushing (198 yards) and receiving (110 yards). Rainey will be counted on for big plays again in UF's SEC opener. - The Sports Xchange

09/16/2011 - RB Chris Rainey finished with a career-high 162 yards of total offense in week 2, which included 119 yards rushing, 42 yards receiving and his fourth touchdown of the season. Rainey surpassed 100 yards for the third time in his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - TOP 10 MOST EXCITING PLAYERS IN COLLEGE: 10-Chris Rainey, Florida, RB: I was tempted to go with Tennessee's freakish young 6-5 wideout Justin Hunter here, but I'll go with Charlie Weis' new toy. Rainey and his buddy Jeff Demps give the new Gator OC more speed than he's ever had to work with. In two weeks against a pair of overmatched opponents, Rainey is averaging over 7.3 ypc and 99 rush yards per game. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/13/2011 - This time last year, Chris Rainey made a huge mistake. It cost the Florida running back five games, tarnished his reputation and hampered the Gators. He was arrested on an aggravated stalking charge for allegedly sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend, spent a night in jail and was kicked off the team the next day. A month later, the Gators gave him a second chance. Rainey has proven to be worthy of it. Coach Will Muschamp said Rainey has done everything asked of him off the field and in the community. On the field, his contribution has been obvious. Rainey is the only player in the nation to lead his team in rushing and receiving after two weeks. He has 198 yards rushing, 110 yards receiving and has scored four touchdowns for the 16th-ranked Gators (2-0). "He's getting the ball a lot," quarterback John Brantley said Monday. "He's been our go-to guy really so far, and hopefully he'll keep going out there making the plays he has been making." In the opener, a 41-3 win over Florida Atlantic, Rainey became the first player in school history to score touchdowns rushing, receiving and on a return in the same game. He finished with 146 total yards and said afterward that offensive coordinator Charlie Weis only used six plays. - AP Sports

09/12/2011 - SEC WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB CHRIS RAINEY (Florida) - Tallied 162 yards of total offense, including 119 on the ground and a touchdown, against UAB. - SEC football

09/10/2011 - Chris Rainey ran for 119 yards and a touchdown, Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals after the offense bogged down and No. 18 Florida beat UAB 39-0 Saturday night. The Gators (2-0) dominated both sides of the lines of scrimmage for the second consecutive week and finished their early tune-ups by outgaining their opponents 979 yards to 349. Next up: Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee. The Volunteers should provide more of a test for a team with plenty of unanswered questions on both sides of the ball. This much is certain: Rainey is clearly the team's top playmaker. A week after becoming the first player in school history to score touchdowns rushing, receiving and on a return, Rainey was even better against the Blazers (0-1). A fifth-year senior trying to overhaul his image after last year's five-game suspension, Rainey gouged UAB for chunks of yardage nearly every time he touched the ball. Spin moves, jukes, ankle-breaking cuts, Rainey did it all. He had a 32-yard touchdown run negated by a holding penalty in the first quarter. He found the end zone again early in the third quarter, and this one stood. He scored from 19 yards out, capping the run with a backward dive across the goal line. Florida leaned on Rainey more than usual, too. Jeff Demps, the other half of Florida's dynamic duo, sustained an injury in the first quarter. Florida officials refused to disclose the nature of the injury. He went to the locker room and did not return. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Florida's offense is coming off an effort in which it gained 468 total yards and recorded 18 first downs against FAU. Quarterback John Brantley was most effective throwing swing passes to his running backs coming out of the backfield. Senior RB Chris Rainey had a team-high six catches and a team-high 67 yards receiving. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - SEC WEEK 1 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB CHRIS RAINEY (Florida) - Scored three touchdowns, all different ways - 14-yard rushing TD, 22-yard blocked punt return for TD and 14-yard receiving TD - against Florida Atlantic. - SEC football

09/04/2011 - In Gainesville, Florida, John Brantley looked comfortable in Florida's new offense, while Chris Rainey scored three different ways and the Gators opened the Will Muschamp era with a win. Brantley completed 21 of 30 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown, showing marked improvement in Charlie Weis' pro-style offense. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Chris Rainey is Florida's most experienced running back and figures to split carries with speedy senior Jeff Demps. Florida has even used both Demps and Rainey in some Wildcat packages during fall camp. - The Sports Xchange


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