Rainey, Doyle named to preseason award watch lists

Brad Stephens

Postseason award voters already have their eyes on two WKU offensive players.

Senior running back Bobby Rainey and junior tight end Jack Doyle were named to the Maxwell Award and Mackey Award watch lists, respectively.

The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding all-around player, and the Mackey Award is given to the Football Bowl Subdivision’s best tight end.

Rainey, the defending Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, was one of 66 players on the list and the Sun Belt Conference’s lone representative.

In 2010, the Griffin, Ga. native averaged 137.4 years rushing per game (third in the Football Bowl Subdivision) on 340 carries (first in FBS and WKU single-season record.)

Rainey led the Toppers last season with 15 rushing touchdowns and earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated.

Other notables on the watch list include Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore.

Past winners of the Maxwell Award include former Navy quarterback Roger Staubach, former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and, most recently, former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Doyle, one of 34 players on the list, joins Louisiana-Lafayette’s Ladarius Green as representatives from the Sun Belt Conference.

In 2010, the Indianapolis native had 20 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns but missed the last five games of the season with an injury.

The Mackey Award is named for NFL Hall of Fame member and Baltimore Colts legend John Mackey and was first presented in 2000.

Other notables on the watch list include Michael Egnew of Missouri, Josh Chichester of Louisville and Philip Lutzenkirchen of defending national champion Auburn.

Past winners of the Mackey Award include Dwight Clark of Iowa, Kellen Winslow II of Miami (FL) and, most recently, D.J. Williams of Arkansas.