Jesse Raynor: A versatile athlete

"I think my biggest asset is that I can do a little bit of everything, I can step in and fill in on most all positions," said Raynor. "As far as running the football as a running back the best asset is my vision. On defense I play cornerback and it is a position that I do have some success at, but also I play free safety and I think that fits me a little better because I like the big hits."

When an athlete wins the gold medal in New York State Olympics in the decathlon he is a great athlete and many of them aren't football players besides Jesse Raynor of Alfred College. Raynor who currently holds a number of school records and by the end of the season could hold many more. He is a very versatile athlete who plays many different positions on the football field, he is the starting running back, also in the starting place kicker, and he also plays defensive back and on special teams. Last year before he got hurt he was featured on ESPN when had 476 yards total offense, KO return for 84 yards, four extra points, one field goal for 43 yards, and a blocked punt.

"I think my biggest asset is that I can do a little bit of everything, I can step in and fill in on most all positions," said Raynor. "As far as running the football as a running back the best asset is my vision. On defense I play cornerback and it is a position that I do have some success at, but also I play free safety and I think that fits me a little better because I like the big hits."

Raynor didn't ask to play on the defensive side of the ball, but the coaches at Alfred University knew that they could use Raynor and get the most out of his talent.

"The coaches approached me and wanted me to play on defense because they wanted to get the most out of my athletic ability to help the team win, and I was willing to do that and help the team win and show what I could do," said Raynor.

In 2002, despite competing in only four games due to injury, Raynor led the team in scoring with 39, scoring five touchdowns and kicking three field goals. His season ended in the fourth game because of a foot injury but he was eventually granted a fifth year of eligibility.

"It was hard for me to sit and watch and not play and help the team win because I was coming off a good season in 2001," said Raynor.

In 2001 he ran for 1,235 yards, which was third most in a single season in school history and set a new school mark for yards rushing per game with 137.2. He kicked five field goals including a long of 46 yards and scored 102 points, just off the school single-season record of 104, and was named a Football Gazette First Team East Region All-Star.

Raynor is from Weedsport, NY and had dreams about going to a big time college football program, but in high school he just didn't have the size but has grown since he has been at Alfred.

"When I came out of High School I wasn't the biggest kid I was only around 5-11 180 pounds or so, so many school like Syracuse would only give me a part of a scholarship, and I couldn't afford to go there so I went to Alfred so I could get an education, play football and get bigger and stronger," Raynor said.

Bigger and stronger is what Raynor did get at Alfred, he grew and is now over 6-1 and 215 pounds, he runs the 40 in 4.47, his short shuttle is 4.3, benches 225 over 10 times, and has a broad jump of 9'8''. The next level is Raynor goal but if he doesn't make it to the next level he plans on getting his masters, and trying to stay with football. After the season is over he plans on taking a couple of weeks off and getting ready for the different workouts. The Steelers and the Vikings and two teams that have shown some interest in Raynor and there will be many more that will be the end of the season because of Raynor versatility.


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