WKU’s Rainey named to Hornung Award watch list

Senior running back Bobby Rainey on Monday was named to the Hornung Award watch list.

Cole Claybourn

The preseason accolades continue to pile up for senior running back Bobby Rainey.

Rainey on Monday was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list – the third postseason watch list he’s made. The Hornung Award is annually presented to college football’s most versatile player.

This marks the second straight year that Rainey was named to the Hornung watch list, and was one of just 16 players out of the 50-member list to hold that honor.

He is also the only player from the state of Kentucky — the award is run by a Louisville-based group — on the list.

Rainey’s name is also on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding all-around player, and the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s best running back.

Rainey was named the 2010 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and was a first team all-conference selection after finishing third in the nation in rushing at 137.42 yards per game.

He rushed for a total of 1,649 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Rainey led the nation in rushing attempts with 340 and was named an All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated.