NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Florida redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey (Lakeland, Fla.) was named the Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, for games ending September 17, announced by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday. LSU junior cornerback Morris Claiborne was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Week.
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.
With his 104 receiving yards against the Vols, highlighted by an 83-yard scoring toss from senior John Brantley (Ocala, Fla.), Rainey became the fourth running back in school history to notch a 100-yard receiving game. In addition, his blocked punt in the second quarter established both the Florida and SEC record for career blocks (five), a total tied for 10th-best since the NCAA began tracking the stat in 1937, and he is the active leader nationally in career blocked punts.
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.
Rainey paces the Orange and Blue offense in both rushing (306 yards on 48 carries, 6.4 avg., two touchdowns) and receiving (214 yards on 11 receptions, 19.5 avg., two touchdowns) and is second in the SEC with 187.7 all-purpose yards per game. He is tied for sixth in the country with 520 yards from scrimmage and ranks second in the nation with 8.8 yards per touch among players with 50+ touches. In the season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic, Rainey became the first player in UF history, and third in the nation since 1996, to record a rushing, receiving & return touchdown.
The Gators will face Kentucky (2-1/0-0 SEC) next Saturday night in their first road contest of the season. The game from Commonwealth Stadium will be carried nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m.
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