Bowling Green, Ky. - Western Kentucky University running back Bobby Rainey has earned a spot on two more All-America teams as the Associated Press named him to its third team and Phil Steele's College Football Preview made him a fourth-team selection on Wednesday.
In the past week, Rainey has also earned All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation (2nd team), SI.com (2nd team) and Yahoo! Sports (3rd team).
The Griffin, Ga., native continues to add to his postseason honors which include being named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He was also named first-team all-league for the second straight year, and is now a three-time all-Sun Belt selection.
Rainey ranks second nationally averaging 141.2 yards per game rushing in 2011, and his 369 carries on the year are the most in the nation for the second straight season. He rushed for a school record 1,695 yards in 2011, and became WKU's career rushing leader, ending his four years on the Hill with 4,542 yards on the ground. Rainey's 171.3 all-purpose yards per game were also a league best in 2011 and rank fifth nationally, and he is one of just eight players since 2000 to rush for 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, and is one of just seven players this year.
In addition to its All-America team, Phil Steele's College Football Preview also released its 2011 All-Sun Belt team.
Rainey was joined on the first-team offense by offensive linemen Wes Jeffries and Adam Smith, while linebacker Andrew Jackson was named to the first-team defense. Tight end Jack Doyle, defensive lineman Quanterus Smith, and defensive backs Derrius Brooks and Kareem Peterson were all named to the second team, while Offensive lineman Sean Conway and kick returner John Evans earned third-team honors.
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