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Chris Rainey

RB

Height
5' 9"
CLASS
RSO
Hometown
Lakeland
Weight
175 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Lakeland
#8

CAREER: A redshirt senior who appeared in 52 games as a Gator and has made 19 starts...Has accumulated 2,464 yards rushing (9th all-time at UF) on 396 attempts (6.2 average) and scored 13 touchdowns…Has also recorded 69 receptions for 795 yards (11.5 average) and scored six touchdowns…Holds the school and SEC record for career blocked punts with six…Also competed with the UF track team.

 

2011: Appeared in 12 games, starting 10…Named All-SEC First Team as an all-purpose performer…Finished the season with 171 carries, 861 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 31 receptions, 381 yards and two receiving touchdowns…First player in school history to lead the team in rushing yards, receptions, punt return yards and all-purpose yards…Joins Emmitt Smith as only Gators to lead team in rushing and receptions…Had three 100-yard rushing games in a row (119 vs. UAB, 108 vs. Tennessee, 105 at Kentucky). He was the first UF running back to have three-consecutive 100-yard games since Fred Taylor did it in the final three games of the 1997 season…Blocked his school and SEC record sixth punt against OSU in the Gator Bowl…Had 16 carries for 71 yards and three catches for 31 yards in the Gator Bowl vs. OSU…Tallied 42 rushing yards on 15 attempts in his final home game vs. instate rival FSU…Collected 90 rushing yards on 15 carries and also added 15 yards on one catch in a victory of Furman…Caught three passes for 30 yards with a long of 20 against South Carolina…Had a career-high rushing performance against the Gamecocks with 17 attempts for 132 yards with a long of 47 yards…Rushed five times for a total of 26 yards with a long of 17 against Georgia, caught two passes for 30 yards with a long of 20 yards…Rushed for 33 yards on 16 attempts and averaged 15 yards per catch with a long of 22 yards against Auburn…He also returned a kick for 36 yards against the Tigers…Rushed for 52 yards against LSU and had a season-long kick return for 37 yards…Caught three passes for 32 yards against Alabama…Rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries in the Gators win over Kentucky…Against Kentucky, Jeff Demps (157 yds) and Chris Rainey (105 yards) became the first running back duo to surpass 100 yards in the same game since Rainey (142 yds) and Emmanuel Moody (116 yds) did so against The Citadel in 2008…Against Tennessee, he rushed for 108 yards and caught two passes for 104 yards with 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 was one of six players nationally with a 100/100 game. The only other Florida player to achieve this accomplishment was Percy Harvin (2007 vs. Vandy: 113 rushing, 110 receiving)…Rushed 16 times for 119 yards and one touchdown and had three receptions for 43 yards with a long of 21 yards in the win over UAB…Had 11 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown off a 14-yard rush in the season opener win over FAU…He also compiled 67 receiving yards off six receptions and a touchdown off a 14-yard pass…He scored a 14-yard rushing TD, had a 14-yard TD reception and returned a blocked punt 22 yards for a TD against FAU and became the first Florida player in school history to score a rushing, receiving and return TD in a single game.

 

2010: Appeared in eight games, starting six…Also appeared against USF and Penn State…Played wide receiver primarily, but shifted back to running back at times to aid UF’s injury-depleted running back group…Second on the Gators in rushing with 51 carries for 366 yards (7.2 avg)…Fourth on the squad with 25 receptions for 216 yards (8.6 avg.)…Led the Gators with three receiving touchdowns and had two on the ground…Scored in five of the eight games in which he played…Had six rushes, three receptions and two punt returns against Penn State in the Outback Bowl, contributing 93 all-purpose yards, including a season-long 51-yard rush…Had 98 all-purpose yards against Florida State, recording 11 carries for 73 yards and four receptions for 25 yards…Led the Gators in all-purpose yards (110) against Appalachian State with 87 yards rushing and a 16-yard rushing touchdown on the opening drive, as well as 23 yards receiving…Led UF in both receiving (four catches for 32 yards) and rushing (five rushes for 32 yards) against South Carolina. Totaled 66 all-purpose yards, highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Reed in the fourth quarter…Led the Gators in all-purpose yards against Georgia and Vanderbilt (108 rushing yards, 118 receiving yards, 162 kick returns for 444 total yards)…Matched UF’s career record for blocked kicks with two versus Vanderbilt, giving him four in his career…Led Florida against Vanderbilt with four receptions for 75 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception, and two blocked punts, for a combined 136 all-purpose yards…Returned to the lineup against Georgia and totaled 241 all-purpose yards (148 on kick return, 84 rushing, nine receiving)…Scored his first rushing touchdown of the year against Georgia. Rushed 16 times for 84 yards and had two receptions for nine yards…Returned six kickoffs for a career-high 148 yards (24.7 avg.) against the Bulldogs…Recorded the second receiving touchdown of his career on a 25-yard catch in the season opener versus Miami University.

 

2009: Saw action in all 14 games in 2009, including three starts…Rushed 89 times for 575 yards (6.5 avg.) and scored five touchdowns…Also had 10 receptions for 161 yards (16.1 avg.) and one receiving touchdown…Returned four punts for 40 yards (10.0 avg.) and five kickoffs for 144 yards (28.8 avg.) during the season…Ranked second among running backs on the Gators’ squad with his 575 total rushing yards…Had an exceptional, showing in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati, with 224 all-purpose yards, including 27 rushing yards, a career-high 71 receiving yards and 116 kick return yards…Ran back a career-long 51-yard kick return to start the second half of play against the Bearcats, the sixth-best return in Sugar Bowl history…Played in the 2009 SEC Championship Game versus Alabama, recording two rushes for seven yards…Had a stellar outing against FSU, rushing eight times for 73 yards, including a 45-yard run that helped lead UF to its second score, a field goal, against the Seminoles…Showed versatility as a double-threat with a career day against FIU, where he scored the first receiving touchdown of his career and also ran for a score…Led the UF rushing attack against South Carolina, picking up 46 yards on 10 carries against the Gamecocks on the road…At Mississippi State, rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries and scored on an eight-yard scamper, his third rushing TD of the season…Surpassed the 1,000 career rushing yard mark in the win over the Bulldogs…Additionally blocked a key punt in UF’s win over Mississippi State, the second for Rainey in 2009 and in his career at UF…Made the second start of his career at LSU, carrying four times for 11 yards…Blocked his first career punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown at Kentucky…Rushed for 64 yards on nine carries in the 23-13 win over Tennessee to open SEC play…Was Florida’s second-leading rusher the second game of the season against Troy, accumulating 85 yards on 12 carries, with one touchdown…Had a 76-yard career-long rushing touchdown against Charleston Southern in the season opener that was his only attempt on the night…With the 76-yard score against CSU, Rainey became only the second player in school history to record two touchdown runs of 75 yards or more (tallied a 75-yard score against Arkansas in 2008), as Neal Anderson was the first (76 yards in ’83 and 80 yards in ’84).

 

2008: Played in all 14 games during his redshirt freshman season, tallying 84 rushes for 652 yards on the ground, including four touchdowns…A 2008 SEC All-Freshman selection…Garnered CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman Honorable Mention accolades…Was one of five Gators to record at least one 100-yards rushing game in 2008…Had two games with 100 or more yards rushing (Arkansas and The Citadel)…Scored his first career touchdown against Hawaii on a 33-yard run, the sixth-longest by any freshman in the first week of 2008 college football games…Recovered his first fumble recovery as a member of the punt-block special teams’ unit against Kentucky…Rushed for 103 yards against Arkansas, including a 75-yarder…Teammate Jeff Demps rushed for over a 100 yards against the Razorbacks and the duo marked the first time since 1997 that two Gator running backs rushed for 100 or more yards in the same game…Named the SEC Freshman of the Week after his performance against The Citadel, where he rushed for 142 yards on seven carries and scored one touchdown.

 

2007: Received a medical hardship…Appeared in the first four games before a shoulder injury ended his season….Finished the season with one rush for 10 yards, one punt return for 22 yards and one kickoff return of 39 yards…Rushed 10 yards against Tennessee to set up the Gators’ final touchdown of the game…Returned one punt for a total of 22 yards in his first collegiate appearance versus Western Kentucky to set up a Florida touchdown.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A standout running back who helped to lead Lakeland to its 45th-consecutive victory, third-consecutive Class 5A state championship and second-straight USA Today national championship in 2006…He was rated fourth among all-purpose backs and 17th among Florida’s Top-100 by Scout.com…Also rated 34th on the ESPN150 list of top prospects…Was chosen as a U.S. Army All-American during his senior year…Broke the school record with 32 touchdowns and 2,478 yards rushing as a senior…Of those 32 touchdowns, 15 were of runs of 50 yards or more…Established another school mark with 326 yards in a single game…Was the first player at Lakeland to rush for over 2,000 yards in a campaign…Rainey was chosen as an all-state Offensive Player by the Florida Sports Writers Association, all-county by the Lakeland Ledger and was the Ledger’s 2006 Offensive Player of the Year…Ended his senior year with prep career totals of more than 7,000 yards and 90 touchdowns…High school coach was Bill Castle.

 

RAINEY’S CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Attempts: 21 (Tennessee, 2011)

Rushing Yards: 142 (The Citadel, 2008)

Rushing TDs: 1 (13x, last UAB, 2011)

Longest Rush: 76 (Charleston Southern, 2009)

Receptions: 6 (Miami (OH), 2010)

Receiving Yards: 104 (Tennessee, 2011)

Receiving TDs: 1 (6x, last Tennessee, 2011)

Longest Reception: 83 (Tennessee, 2011)

Punt Returns: 3 (2x, last Auburn, 2011)

Punt Return Yardage: 39 (Vanderbilt, 2010)

Longest Punt Return: 23 (at Kentucky, 2009)

Punt Blocks: 2 (Vanderbilt, 2010)

Kickoff Returns: 5 (UGA, 2010)

Kickoff Return Yardage: 148 (Georgia, 2010)

Longest Kickoff Return: 51 (Cincinnati, 2009)

 

CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING

G

Att

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/C

Avg/G

2007

4

1

10

0

10

10

2.5

2008

14

84

652

4

75

7.8

46.6

2009

14

89

575

5

76

6.5

41.1

2010

8

51

366

2

51

7.2

45.8

2011

12

171

861

2

47

5

71.8

TOTAL

52

396

2464

13

76

6.2

47.4

 

RECEIVING

G

Rec

Yds

TD

Lg

Rec/G

Avg/C

Avg/G

2007

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

14

3

37

0

16

0.2

12.3

2.6

2009

14

10

161

1

33

0.7

16.1

11.5

2010

8

25

216

3

40

3.1

8.6

27

2011

12

31

381

2

83

2.6

12.3

31.8

TOTAL

52

69

795

6

83

1.3

11.5

15.3

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Rush

Pass

Total

Avg/G

2007

4

10

0

10

2.5

2008

14

652

0

652

46.6

2009

14

575

0

575

41.1

2010

8

366

0

366

45.8

2011

12

861

0

861

71.8

TOTAL

52

2464

0

2464

47.4

 

SCORING

G

TD

Rush

Pass

Retn

PAT

2PAT

FG

Total

Avg/G

2007

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

14

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

24

1.7

2009

14

7

5

1

1

0

0

0

42

3

2010

8

5

2

3

0

0

0

0

30

3.8

2011

12

5

2

2

1

0

1

0

32

2.7

TOTAL

52

21

13

6

2

0

1

0

128

2.5

 

PUNT RETURNS

G

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/R

Avg/G

2007

4

1

22

0

22

22

5.5

2008

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

14

4

40

1

23

10

2.9

2010

8

9

67

0

15

7.4

8.4

2011

12

12

106

1

22

8.8

8.8

TOTAL

52

26

235

2

23

9

4.5

 

KICK RETURNS

G

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/R

Avg/G

2007

4

1

39

0

39

39

9.8

2008

14

1

6

0

6

6

0.4

2009

14

5

144

0

51

28.8

10.3

2010

8

7

162

0

45

23.1

20.2

2011

12

4

103

0

37

25.8

8.6

TOTAL

52

18

454

0

51

25.2

8.7

 

ALL PURPOSE

G

Rush

Rec

PR

KR

IR

Total

Avg/G

2007

4

10

0

22

39

0

71

17.8

2008

14

652

37

0

6

0

695

49.6

2009

14

575

161

40

144

0

920

65.7

2010

8

366

216

67

162

0

811

101.4

2011

12

861

381

106

103

0

1451

120.9

TOTAL

52

2464

795

235

454

0

3948

75.9

 

TACKLES

G

UA

A

Total

TFL

Yds

PD

FF

FR

Blkd

2007

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2010

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2011

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

TOTAL

52

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

 

 

CAREER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

2011

Rushing

Receiving

Kick Returns

Punt Returns

All

Blkd

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

Kick

3-Sep-11

FAU

11

79

1

16

6

67

1

19

0

0

0

0

0

22

1

22

168

0

10-Sep-11

UAB

16

119

1

19

3

43

0

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

162

0

17-Sep-11

TENNESSEE

21

108

0

24

2

104

1

83

0

0

0

0

3

21

0

13

233

1

24-Sep-11

at Kentucky

15

105

0

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

13

0

13

118

0

1-Oct-11

ALABAMA

11

4

0

7

3

32

0

25

0

0

0

0

1

8

0

8

44

0

8-Oct-11

at LSU

13

52

0

25

2

-1

0

6

1

37

0

37

2

7

0

7

95

0

15-Oct-11

at Auburn

16

33

0

9

2

30

0

22

1

36

0

36

3

-4

0

0

95

0

29-Oct-11

vs Georgia

5

26

0

17

2

30

0

20

2

30

0

16

1

8

0

8

94

0

12-Nov-11

at South Carolina

17

132

0

47

3

30

0

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

162

0

19-Nov-11

FURMAN

15

90

0

37

1

10

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

0

26-Nov-11

FLORIDA STATE

15

42

0

11

4

5

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

0

2-Jan-12

vs Ohio State

16

71

0

11

3

31

0

20

0

0

0

0

1

31

0

0

133

1

Totals

171

861

2

47

31

381

2

83

4

103

0

37

12

106

1

22

1451

2

2010

Rushing

Receiving

Kick Returns

Punt Returns

All

Blkd

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

Kick

4-Sep-10

MIAMI

3

1

0

5

6

34

1

25

0

0

0

0

1

15

0

15

50

0

11-Sep-10

USF

1

15

0

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

3

17

0

30-Oct-10

vs Georgia

16

84

1

20

2

9

0

9

6

148

0

45

0

0

0

0

241

0

6-Nov-10

at Vanderbilt

3

8

0

11

4

75

1

40

1

14

0

14

2

39

0

0

136

2

13-Nov-10

SOUTH CAROLINA

5

32

0

25

4

32

1

26

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

2

66

0

20-Nov-10

APPALACHIAN STATE

6

87

1

35

2

23

0

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

0

27-Nov-10

at Florida State

11

73

0

18

4

25

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

98

0

1-Jan-11

vs Penn State

6

66

0

51

3

18

0

15

0

0

0

0

2

9

0

9

93

0

Totals

51

366

2

51

25

216

3

40

7

162

0

45

9

67

0

15

811

2

2009

Rushing

Receiving

Kick Returns

Punt Returns

All

Blkd

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

Kick

5-Sep-09

CH. SOUTHERN

1

76

1

76

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

76

0

12-Sep-09

TROY

12

85

1

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

85

0

19-Sep-09

TENNESSEE

9

64

0

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

64

0

26-Sep-09

at Kentucky

9

36

0

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

23

1

23

59

1

10-Oct-09

at LSU

4

11

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

0

17-Oct-09

ARKANSAS

6

6

0

7

1

14

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

0

24-Oct-09

at Mississippi State

12

90

1

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

0

0

97

1

31-Oct-09

vs Georgia

4

12

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

0

7-Nov-09

VANDERBILT

4

12

0

4

1

6

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

0

14-Nov-09

at South Carolina

10

46

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

46

0

21-Nov-09

FIU

4

30

1

22

3

61

1

29

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

91

0

28-Nov-09

FLORIDA STATE

8

73

0

45

1

9

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

82

0

5-Dec-09

vs Alabama

2

7

0

8

0

0

0

0

1

28

0

28

0

0

0

0

35

0

1-Jan-10

vs Cincinnati

4

27

1

13

4

71

0

33

4

116

0

51

2

10

0

10

224

0

Totals

89

575

5

76

10

161

1

33

5

144

0

51

4

40

1

23

920

2

2008

Rushing

Receiving

Kick Returns

Punt Returns

All

Blkd

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

Kick

30-Aug-08

HAWAII

6

58

1

33

1

10

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

68

0

6-Sep-08

MIAMI

3

13

0

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

0

20-Sep-08

at Tennessee

9

37

0

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

37

0

27-Sep-08

OLE MISS

3

9

0

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

0

4-Oct-08

at Arkansas

10

103

1

75

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

103

0

11-Oct-08

LSU

11

66

0

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

66

0

25-Oct-08

UK

7

36

0

13

1

16

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

52

0

1-Nov-08

vs UGA

6

11

0

5

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

6

0

0

0

0

17

0

8-Nov-08

at Vanderbilt

5

27

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

0

15-Nov-08

USC

7

55

1

34

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

55

0

22-Nov-08

THE CITADEL

7

142

1

73

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

142

0

29-Nov-08

at Florida State

8

97

0

62

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

97

0

6-Dec-08

vs Alabama

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

8-Jan-09

vs Oklahoma

1

-3

0

0

1

11

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

0

Totals

84

652

4

75

3

37

0

16

1

6

0

6

0

0

0

0

695

0

2007

Rushing

Receiving

Kick Returns

Punt Returns

All

Blkd

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

Kick

1-Sep-07

WKU

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

22

0

22

22

0

8-Sep-07

TROY

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

39

0

39

0

0

0

0

39

0

15-Sep-07

UT

1

10

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

0

22-Sep-07

at Ole Miss

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

1

10

0

10

0

0

0

0

1

39

0

39

1

22

0

22

71

0

 

 

OFF THE FIELD STORIES

·         Won an off-the-field 40-yard dash race against teammate Jeff Demps, who ran the fastest 100-meter dash in the history of high school track at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon

·         Placed third in the 4x100 relay at the 2008 Track and Field NCAA Meet, garnering All-America honors

·         Lived with Gator twins, former linemen Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, for a couple years. Refers to them as his “half brothers”

·         Member of the 2006 Lakeland High 5A State Championship team, along with Ahmad Black, Mike Pouncey and Steven Wilks

·         Younger brother of XFL star, “He Hate Me” Rod Smart

·         Beat former West Virginia running back and Florida native Noel Devine in a foot race in the Lakeland Wal-Mart parking lot in the summer of 2007

·         Captain of team Pandemonium for the 2011 Gator Football Charity Challenge

 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“I don’t think I’ve ever played against anyone as quick and fast as those two guys (Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey). It’s very hard but it’s getting me better every day, and I’m learning a lot from them, too.” (8/16/11)

Matt Elam, UF safety

 

“Chris Rainey was perhaps the offensive star of the spring. Rainey clearly is back in his element lining up in the I-formation, where he can take advantage of his quickness, vision and cutting ability.” (4/9/11)

Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

 

“Chris is going to be a productive football player for us. I trust him. Chris Rainey has worked tremendously hard since I’ve been here. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. There’s been nothing that has been any glitch as far as how he’s performed on and off the-field for us since I’ve been at the University of Florida. That’s really all I go off of. We all go through a maturing stage in our life. Whatever happened, maybe he grew up from and learned from.” (4/1/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I think Chris has had a phenomenal spring. Here’s a guy who’s a senior [and] has played a lot of football – some really good football – for the Gators, and he’s really worked his tail off as far as day-to-day going in and doing things you’ve got to do to be successful. He’s enjoying getting the ball deeper I the backfield to have a chance for his vision and great cutback ability [to pay dividends]. You have to be very gap-sound defensively when he carries the football. He can take the ball all the way. I’m pleased with his progress. Charlie Weis’ philosophy is [to] get the ball in the playmakers’ hands and create matchups. Chris will be spread all throughout the field. The slot, outside, depending on how people want to play us defensively, he presents issues. You match a linebacker with him, you’ve got a matchup problem. If you put a secondary guy on him, generally, we we’re going to gain a matchup [advantage] somewhere else. He makes you show your hand defensively a little bit.” (3/27/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach


“Our offense really fits [Rainey] because he’s got so much speed. We got some things that can put him in some one-on-one match-ups, get him in some space. It will be good, with his speed, to use his athletic ability.” (3/28/11)

Chaz Green, UF offensive lineman

 

“Chris Rainey’s doing real well in this offense. He’s so fast. He’s done real well from last year. His cuts are sweeter. His routes are precise. He’s just a good football player right now.” (3/28/11)

Jonotthan Harrison, UF offensive lineman

 

“What I see is a guy that's really locked in and focused on all aspects here — his academic life, his athletic life, everything. I see a happier guy right now. There's no question, you see a change. That's really positive and really good to see. All of us are into watching people develop and grow and have an opportunity to overcome, and he's doing that right now and that's exciting." (11/10/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

"He’s very mature. He’s a very dynamic player and one of the most dynamic players I’ve ever seen…probably since Percy [Harvin]. He brings a lot to the table - one of the most talented guys in America. I think defenses have to put him in their game plan a lot to try to control him. Having him is an advantage on our side of the ball.” (11/10/10)

Marcus Gilbert, former UF offensive lineman

 

“Rainey is a unique athlete that can come that edge, that skinny like that. Ninety percent of the time you win or are undefeated when you can your hands on a punt. Good for him. He's doing much better in school. My thumb's on him real hard. His whole work ethic has changed." (11/6/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach, after Rainey blocked two punts at Vanderbilt

 

 “Chris is a great person. He thanked the whole administration, (athletics director) Jeremy Foley, the president (Bernie Machan) and God as well for giving him a second chance. He thanked everybody for giving him a second chance. And without Jeremy Foley and president Machen, it wouldn't be possible for him to play right now. I actually cried after the game because I felt every bit of his pain because I know Rainey, he's a great person. He's never been in any kind of trouble and for him to miss eight weeks, I know it hurt him to his heart and it hurt me too." (10/30/10)

Mike Pouncey, former UF center and captain, after Rainey’s return to action vs. Georgia

 

"He opens up everything. He's just another weapon on the field. He brings that energy to the game. He encourages guys to go harder." (10/30/10)

Deonte Thompson, UF wide receiver, after Rainey’s return to action vs. Georgia

 

"It helped us a lot because he's a game-changer. He makes plays and he does a lot of things when he's in space. If he sees a hole, gets a one-on-one, makes them miss and takes it north and south." (10/30/10)

Frankie Hammond, UF wide receiver, after Rainey’s return to action vs. Georgia

 

“He’s dynamic. When he has the ball in his hands, anything can happen. He smiles a lot. He’s a great kid. We love having him around the program. He’s not some guy who brings negative energy. He’s not that type of guy. Seeing Chris back, we love him. We’re happy he’s back on the team. He’s become a better man. He has a great attitude right now. He’s just smiling. I gave him a hug and stuff. It’s really good to have Chris back. We’ve missed him.” (10/12/10)

Emmanuel Moody, former UF running back

 

"He’s a great athlete, great speed, a play-maker, explosive guy. You guys all know that. You’ve seen that." (10/12/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“Chris Rainey, I think, is going to have a tremendous year. A dynamic guy, we all know he’s fast, but the moves he can do and the vision he can see the field with, I think he’s going to have a great year this year, a real breakout year.” (8/16/10)

Chas Henry, former UF All-American punter and 2010 Ray Guy Award Winner

 

“Rainey has the burst, vision and savvy needed to be a great return man.” (8/5/10)

Bob Redman, FightinGators.com

 

“His passion for football has not changed. He has really grown up a lot from a maturity stand point and the decisions he is making off the field. When he talks to you he stands up and looks you in the eye. He tries to handle his business and be accountable off the football field. All those things were not his deal coming out of high school. But, he has never been a kid that you felt threatened about...never felt that he was going to make a decision that was going to hurt his family or this program. Now there is just a lot more maturity about the kid. The first thing he said to me when I was back was, 'I'm not the same Chris Rainey, I've grown up a little bit coach'.” (2/18/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

"His attention to detail and maturity are raised. His demeanor . . . I can't say enough good things about Chris. I'm anxious to see him contribute now. He was a role player last year, which means we simply handed him the ball and hoped everything worked out." (8/29/09)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"You've got to catch him before he gets to the hole. I've never seen so much speed in one person in my life. … He's got a good vision of where he wants to go. It's really tough to take him down." (8/21/08)

Troy Epps, former UF defensive lineman

 

“He’s a dynamic player. I hope Chris can give us a little bit of flexibility (in a dual role similar to Percy Harvin), as well as in the return game. If he stays healthy, Chris will be a big part of this offense.” (7/23/08)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"His attitude is phenomenal. And he can catch the ball better than you think, so he'll have a lot of actitivy in this offense." (7/17/08)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

“He absolutely loves football and that is refreshing for that running back group.  I have guys that I am coaching that absolutely love the game of football.  If you look at his 5’10”, 170 pound frame and then you watch him play you can tell that he is not afraid of anything.  He is going to be a great addition to that group.  He is a student of the game and hungry for knowledge.” 

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

 

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