Draft Scout Snapshot: 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
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An extremely versatile athlete capable of making an impact as a running back, receiver or special teams standout, Rainey emerged during his senior season to be the first Florida running back since Emmitt Smith to lead the Gators in both rushing yards (861) and receptions (31). He followed that up with an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl in which his playmaking skills were largely put to the test at wide receiver, though his only touch during the game, itself, came on a five yard run.
A highly touted prep prospect, Rainey saw action immediately for the Gators but was sidelined after four games with a shoulder injury and eventually redshirted in 2008. He saw action in 48 more games over his Florida career, starting 19 contests. The all-purpose star left Florida having rushed for 2,464 yards (ninth all-time for the Gators) and caught 69 passes for 795 yards, scoring 19 touchdowns over his career.
At his size, Rainey certainly isn't a workhorse candidate at the next level. Some, in fact, see his greatest potential lining up as a slot receiver in a similar role to what Percy Harvin (himself a former Florida Gator) has with the Minnesota Vikings. If utilized as a back, Rainey's soft hands and playmaking ability could intrigue teams, especially considering the impact undersized multi-purpose backs like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush and even Dexter McCluster saw for their respective clubs in 2011.
Strengths: Perhaps the most explosive cutting ability and straight-line speed of any athlete in the 2012 draft. Can make defenders look silly due to his lateral agility and sudden acceleration. Versatile. Saw time as a running back, receiver, punt returner and kick returner for the Gators. Looks natural catching the ball out of the backfield and has shown the ability to track the ball over his shoulder and snatch passes outside of his frame. Has struggled a bit with durability over his career but is willing to play with pain. Relishes his opportunities on special teams but is not just a return specialist. Explosive burst led to his breaking the school and SEC record with six blocked punts.
Weaknesses: A bit of a luxury prospect for the next level. Certainly is a versatile, playmaking athlete but provides next to nothing as a blocker which means he'll be an obvious focus of the defense whenever he's on the field. Caught most of his passes on simple dump-offs and quick screens. Struggled tracking the ball over his shoulder as well as adjusting to poorly thrown passes over his career. Has had continued issues with his shoulders dating back to high school which will require a close look by team doctors at the Combine. Character red-flag... Was charged with aggravated stalking (a felony) after sending a threatening text message to a former girlfriend in 2010. The charges were dropped as part of a pre-trial agreement in which he had to complete an intervention program...
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.
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.
Suspended after being charged with aggravated stalking in September for sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message, pled to misdemeanor agreed to community service, anger management counseling. Appeared in eight games, starting six…Made starts against Miami University, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Appalachian State and Florida State…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 in receptions and rushing, 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 this season…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 a career-high 75 yards, including a career-long 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, a season-high 20-yard rush to put the Gators on the scoreboard, 7-0. Rushed a career-high 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…Had one catch for 15 yards versus USF…Recorded the second receiving touchdown of his career on a 25-yard catch in the season opener versus Miami University on the 4th down in the fourth quarter.
Saw action in all 14 games in 2009, including starts against Kentucky, LSU and Arkansas on Homecoming…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…As one of UF’s punt and kickoff returners, 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, career-best 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 advance 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…Had a career outing in UF’s 29-19 win over Mississippi State in Starkeville, rushing for 90 yards on a career-high 12 carries and scoring 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 the Mississippi State, the second for Rainey in 2009 and in his career at UF…Made the second start of his career at Florida at RB against LSU on the road, 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 and 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, while scampering for a one-yard score in the third quarter…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).
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-plus rushing game in 2008…Had two games with 100 or more yards rushing (Arkansas and The Citadel)…Additionally reeled in three Tim Tebow passes for 37 yards…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…Rushed a career-high 11 times against LSU…Recovered his first fumble recovery as a member of the punt-block special teams’ unit against Kentucky…Also recorded a career-long 16-yard reception against UK…Rushed for 103 yards against Arkansas, including a career-long 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.
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.
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.
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12/03/12 - RB Chris Rainey did not get a carry from scrimmage for the first time, and appeared just a few times in the backfield in Baltimore.
11/07/12 - RB/KR Chris Rainey has a rib injury that may keep him out of Monday's game. He returned kickoffs of 50 and 68 yards vs. the Giants.
11/05/12 - RB/KR Chris Rainey left the game in the third quarter with a rib injury but his 173 yards on five kickoff returns were the fifth most in team history since 1941
11/04/12 - RB Chris Rainey left Sunday's game vs. the Giants with a rib injury that could keep him out this week.
10/29/12 - RB Chris Rainey had the longest run of his rookie season, a 19-yarder on third down off a direct snap in the shotgun. He got the ball to the Washington 2-yard line, setting up a touchdown.