Rainey's Ready

Running back Chris Rainey is one of the reasons many observers are expecting Florida's offense to be explosive this season. The redshirt freshman showed off his skills in the Orange and Blue game, but has been limited by a groin injury in practices thus far.

Rainey said he's now fully healed and ready to go for the final two weeks of preparation for the season.

"I was like 95 a couple of days ago, but I'm 100 percent now."

His shoulder injury that troubled him in his brief true freshman season is also completely healed.

Rainey feels he's been doing well in practices even while he's been hampered with the injury, which he hopes will pay off with lots of opportunities to make plays early.

"The offensive line loves me, so I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and they'll be on my side to keep giving me the ball," Rainey said.

The player Rainey is most frequently compared to is Percy Harvin. Both have blazing speed and are extremely competitive. Rainey acknowledged that competitiveness led to a scrap between the two early in camp. Both players were working in the Pit, where Urban Meyer sends anyone missing time with injuries, when things boiled over. Rainey downplayed the fight.

"We just got into it because we both were mad that we were hurt," Rainey said. "You get frustrated."

Rainey has plenty of praise for Florida's other backs. He calls Kestahn Moore "the workhorse", while Emmanuel Moody is "pretty good, he's just got to keep the ball high and tight." Freshman Jeff Demps is "super fast" and Mon Williams is "powerful".

With so many players looking to be involved from the running back spot as well as a quarterback who frequently carries the ball, no one person is likely to dominate the rushing stats for Florida this year. Rainey said there is a shared goal among the tailbacks to equal out to a 1,000-yard rusher for the season in response to a direct challenge from Meyer. With the blend of speed and power the Gators have to work with this year, it would be a major upset if they fail to reach that mark.


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