"Yes I am, super good," Rainey responded when asked if he was feeling good about the offense under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. "I am very happy. Everybody is getting the ball. It isn't just a one man show."
He also feels more comfortable running behind a fullback or lead blocker and this offense will allow him to do a lot more of that.
Rainey has evidently been a star at practice and also possibly a little more assertive in his play. It seems he got the better of a 20 pound heavier safety Matt Elam on one particular play a week ago and this isn't the only time he has ‘punished' the defenders in practice.
"I was just doing my job," Rainey said when asked to describe the play against Elam. "I was trying to cut and stumbled. I got up and lowered my shoulders and I guess I won that one."
Rainey is also one of the more competitive players on the team. He will be sharing a lot of carries with fellow running back Jeff Demps. No problem with Rainey, but he doesn't want to be asked who is the better of the two… he thinks he knows and doesn't want to sound conceited.
"We are similar," he said. We like to catch and we have speed. I juke more and he likes to run people over so…"
When asked who is faster between him and the world class sprinter, Rainey smiled and gave a typical response.
"I really don't know," he replied to that question before acknowledging that Demps has many more awards for his track triumphs. "He definitely does…"
Rainey may be saddling up with a certain star from the 2010 squad that came on big as a freshman. Trey Burton will be sharing the backfield with Rainey and Demps a lot in 2011 as a fullback and will also float all over the offense in an attempt to make him a vital part of the arsenal. Rainey glowed about the sophomore do everything guy.
"He's doing great," Rainey said of Burton. "He does the same thing. He is a program guy. He does everything right and I love him. He's a fullback, but he does move to different positions. He can catch, he can run, and do everything."
Rainey and others have voiced just how much Burton is a team player and the senior appreciates that part of his persona as much as any.
"It's very rare," he said. "It would be nice to have a whole team like that."