The first of the National College Football Awards Association Preseason Watch Lists were released on Tuesday, and Western Kentucky University senior running back Bobby Rainey is one of 66 players on the radar for the Maxwell Award – presented to the nation’s most outstanding all-around player.
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, and was recently named a preseason All-America pick by Consensus Draft Service.
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.
Rainey was the only Sun Belt named the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Football Club also announced the watch list for the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive player. Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi was named to that list.