Rainey Excited for His Favorite Rivalry

The Gators are bowl eligible after last week's win over Furman, but most would hardly consider their 6-5 record a successful season. This year's seniors have only one home game left, and for many of them, it's the most important game of the year. Saturday is Senior Day at the Swamp, and the Florida State Seminoles will do all they can to hinder the celebration.

Gator redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey has spent his college career running all over Florida Field. For Rainey, the Florida State game is "something fun to do right after Thanksgiving," but it also has some bigger implications this year.

"This win would probably override all the losses," Rainey said. "It'd be a great win, they beat us last year, all we're focused on is a win, leave here the right way and get ready for a bowl game."

Rainey has seen his ups and downs at Florida, both on and off the field. He's seen the Gators win the BCS National Championship, and he's seen them struggle to get wins. Last season, he was suspended for five games following an arrest on aggravated stalking charges because of a text he sent to his ex-girlfriend. This season, he leads his team in rushing yards with 748, and is second in receiving with 345.

Through it all, Rainey has continued to stay positive and keep easy-going attitude that has been contagious on his team. Gator Head Coach Will Muschamp says in the short time he's known Rainey, he's been impressed with him.

"Since I've been here, I've seen a guy that loves the University of Florida. Everything he does, he does 100 percent. He has a great sense of humor, positively affects everyone around him," Muschamp said. "He's banged up, hurt and his ankle's bad. We're decided pre-game against Vanderbilt not to play him, and he's tugging me on the back saying, ‘Put me in there, let me carry the ball.' You need more of those types of guys."

"I've had a great career," Rainey said. "All I have to do is keep my head up and stay focused and keep looking ahead, everybody's going to have highs and lows, all you have to do is just keep positive."

For Rainey, there is no better way to end his time on Florida Field than against the Seminoles. Even though it's his favorite rivalry, he knows it'll be a bittersweet day when he runs through the Gator tunnel onto the field for the last time.

"I don't it'll be a scary feeling, it'll probably just be sad. I'll get over it when that day comes, I'll get ready for bigger and better things in the future," Rainey said.

"(I hope people) just remember us, what we did around here, gave a lot to the program, just a good group of seniors."

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