PRO (14-0/0-0): Drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
PRO (14-0/0-0): Drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
2012 (14-0): Saw action on special teams and at running back in the first 14 contests…9/23 at Oakland: Had a career-best 23 receiving yards, including a career-long 14-yarder…10/7 vs. Philadelphia: Had 57 kickoff return yards, including a 44-yard return in the third quarter…10/11 at Tennessee: Had 97 kickoff return yards…recorded a career best 49-yard kickoff return to set up a drive that ended with a field goal…recorded his first career special teams tackle…10/21 at Cincinnati: Had 17 rushing yards…recorded his first career touchdown (11-yard run) to put the Steelers up 24-17 in the fourth quarter…registered a career-high 122 kickoff return yards…10/28 vs. Washington: Registered a career-high 26 rushing yards…converted a third-and-three with a career-long 19-yard run in the third quarter on a drive that resulted in a Steelers’ touchdown…11/4 at N.Y. Giants: Registered a career-high 173 yards on five kickoff returns, marking the fifth-most kickoff return yards by a Steeler in a single game since 1941…recorded a 50-yard kickoff return to the Giants’ 48-yard line in the middle of the second quarter and a career-long 68-yard kickoff return to the Giants’ 35-yard line to start the second half…marked his fourth and fifth kickoff returns of at least 40 yards in his career…11/25 at Cleveland: Tallied 17 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown...scored on a one-yard run just before halftime to give the Steelers a 14-13 lead…marked his second career rushing touchdown…12/2 at Baltimore: Recorded a 42-yard kickoff return to the Pittsburgh 40-yard line late in the second quarter…marked his sixth return of 40+ yards this season…12/9 vs. San Diego: Had three kickoff returns of 29+ yards, including a long of 34 yards…12/16 at Dallas: Recorded his 10th career kickoff return of 30+ yards.
COLLEGE: Started 19-of-52 games at Florida, six as a slot receiver and 13 at tailback…ranks ninth in school history with 2,464 yards rushing, carrying the ball 396 times for a 6.22-yard average with 13 touchdowns…caught 69 passes for 795 yards (11.52 ypc) and six scores…totaled 128 points and 21 touchdowns, as he also returned 26 punts for 235 yards (9.04 ypc) with two scores and tallied 454 yards on 18 kickoff returns (25.22 avg)…set the school and Southeastern Conference (SEC) career-record with six blocked punts, surpassing the previous Gators mark of four by Tim Paulk (1987-91), Sam McCorkle (1992-95) and Carlos Dunlap (2007-09)…collected 3,948 all-purpose yards, an average of 75.92 yards per game…became the first Florida player to record a rushing, receiving & return touchdown in a single game, accomplishing that feat vs. Florida Atlantic in the 2011 season opener…his 76-yard run from scrimmage vs. Charleston Southern in 2009 and 75-yarder vs. Arkansas in 2008 rank seventh and eighth, respectively, on the school’s longest carries record chart…his 83-yard reception vs. Tennessee in 2011 was the fifth-longest catch in Florida annals…majored in humanities and letters. 2011: Started 10 of the 12 games he appeared in…returned to the tailback spot, as he led the team with a career-high 861 yards on 171 carries (5.04 ypc), scoring twice on the ground…also led the Gators with a career-best 31 receptions for 381 yards (12.29 ypc) and two more scores…returned 12 punts for 106 yards (8.83 avg) and one touchdown, adding 103 yards on four kickoff returns (25.75 avg)…for the third consecutive season, he blocked two punts – one each vs. Tennessee and Ohio State…had a team-high 1,451 all-purpose yards, ranking third in the SEC with an average of 120.92 yards per game…placed fifth in the SEC in rushing, with a 71.75-yard per game average…became the first Gator since 2003 to reel off three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, beginning with 16 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown vs. UAB, followed by 108 yards on 21 tries to go with an 83-yard scoring grab and three punt returns for 21 yards vs. Tennessee and 15 rushes for 105 yards vs. Kentucky…tallied 132 yards on 17 attempts vs. South Carolina, his first appearance since spraining his right ankle vs. Georgia…closed out his career with 16 carries for 71 yards, three catches for 31 yards and a 31-yard punt return in a 24-17 decision over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. 2010: Appeared in eight games, starting six contests…played wide receiver primarily, but shifted back to running back at times to aid UF’s injury-depleted running back group, ranking second on the squad with 51 carries for 366 yards (7.18 ypc) and two scores…finished fourth on the team with 25 receptions for 216 yards (8.64 ypc) and three more touchdowns…scored in five of the eight games in which he played in, as he also gained 67 yards on nine punt returns (7.44 avg) and 162 yards on seven kickoff returns (23.14 avg)…blocked two punts against Vanderbilt…his best performance came vs. Georgia, picking up 84 yards with a touchdown on 16 carries, nine yards on two catches and 148 yards on six kickoff returns…rushed six times for 87 yards and a 16-yard touchdown vs. Appalachian State…had six rushes (66 yards), three receptions (18) and two punt returns (9) vs. Penn State in the Outback Bowl, contributing 93 all-purpose yards, including a season-long 51-yard rush. 2009: Appeared in all 14 games, starting at tailback vs. Kentucky, LSU and Arkansas…ranked third on the team with 89 carries for 575 yards (6.46 ypc) and five touchdowns…collected ten passes for 161 yards and a score, adding 40 yards on four punt returns, 144 yards on five kickoff returns (28.8 avg) and 920 all-purpose yards, an average of 65.71 yards per game…blocked two punts – one vs. Kentucky that he recovered in the end-zone and one against Mississippi State…at MSU, he rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries and scored on an eight-yard scamper, surpassing the 1,000 career rushing yard mark in the win over the Bulldogs…had an exceptional showing in the Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati, recording 224 all-purpose yards. 2008: Played in all 14 games during his redshirt freshman season, tallying 84 rushes for 652 yards (7.76 ypc), including four touchdowns…an SEC All-Freshman selection, he also garnered Freshman All-American honors from College Football News…also made three catches for 37 yards and fielded a short kickoff for six yards…was one of five Gators to record at least one 100-yard rushing game in 2008…scored his first career touchdown vs. 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 vs. Kentucky…rushed for 103 yards vs. Arkansas, along with a season-long 75-yarder…teammate Jeff Demps also rushed for over a 100 yards vs. 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 vs. The Citadel, where he recorded 142 yards on seven carries and scored one touchdown…earned All-American status as a sprinter when he led off the Gators’ third-place 4x100 relay at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. 2007: Appeared in four games with one rush for 10 yards, one punt return for 22 yards and one kickoff return of 39 yards…returned one punt for a total of 22 yards in his first collegiate appearance vs. Western Kentucky to set up a Florida touchdown.
PERSONAL: Attended Lakeland High School (Lakeland, Fla.)…was high school and college teammates with Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey…he lived with the Pouncey family while in high school…the standout running back helped lead the team to its 45th-consecutive victory, third-straight Class 5A state championship and back-to-back USA Today national championships…rated fourth among all-purpose backs and 17th among Florida’s Top-100 by Scout.com and also rated 34th on the ESPN150 list of top prospects…chosen as a U.S. Army All-American during his senior year, when he broke the school record with 32 touchdowns and 2,478 yards rushing…of those 32 scores, fifteen were of runs of 50 yards or more…established another school mark with 326 yards in a single game and was the first player at Lakeland to rush for over 2,000 yards in a campaign…named an all-state Offensive Player by the Florida Sports Writers Association, all-county by the Lakeland Ledger, in addition to garnering the Ledger’s 2006 Offensive Player of the Year Award…ended his senior year with career totals of more than 7,000 yards and 90 touchdowns… place third in the 4x100 relay at the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Meet…earned All-America honors in track…the son of Valerie Smart and Melvin Rainey…has four siblings: older brothers George Tucker and former XFL star and NFL player Rod Smart, and younger brothers Rodney Watson, who plays running back at the University of South Florida, and Maurice…Full name: Christopher Jorod Rainey.
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