Rainey named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week

Senior running back Bobby Rainey jumps over a pileup at the line of scrimmage during a run for a short gain against North Texas at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas on Saturday. Rainey accumulated 262 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns against the Mean Green and was named the Sun Belt's Offensive Player of the Week.

Senior running back Bobby Rainey jumps over a pileup at the line of scrimmage during a run for a short gain against North Texas at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas on Saturday. Rainey accumulated 262 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns against the Mean Green and was named the Sun Belt’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Brad Stephens

Days before he goes for the biggest record of his career, Bobby Rainey received a familiar honor on Monday.

WKU’s senior running back was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.

The honor comes in the same week that he’ll try to break the Toppers’ all-time rushing record, currently held by former running back Lerron Moore.

Rainey needs 82 yards on Saturday at Smith Stadium against Troy (11:30 a.m., Sun Belt Network) to surpass Moore’s mark of 4,396 career yards.

Rainey earned offensive player of the week honors after accumulating 262 all-purpose yards and scoring two touchdowns on Saturday in WKU’s 31-21 win over North Texas.┬áHe also won the award earlier in the year after rushing for 206 yards in an Oct. 22 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Rainey joins Florida International wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin as two-time winners of the award in 2011.