Bowling Green, Ky. — After agreeing to terms on a deal following the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens announced the signing of Western Kentucky University all-time leading rusher Bobby Rainey to a free-agent contract on Friday.
One of 19 undrafted free-agent signees by the Ravens, Rainey is currently in Baltimore to take part in the team’s rookie mini camp this weekend.
Rainey finished his senior season ranked second nationally in rushing, averaging 141.2 yards per game. 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.
His efforts during his senior season not only helped the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record and a 7-1 mark in the Sun Belt Conference, they also earned him Sun Belt Offensive Player-of-the-Year accolades for the second straight season. Rainey was also named to several All-America teams, including honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation (2nd team), SI.com (2nd team), the Associated Press (3rd team), Yahoo! Sports (3rd team), and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (4th team). Off the field, he earned his degree from WKU in December.