Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
2013: Appeared in all 14 contests and started 13 as a senior. Made a career-high 45 total tackles to rank seventh on the team and had 29 solo stops. Led NIU and ranked ninth in the MAC in tackles for loss with 9.5. Collected four sacks to tie for third on the team. Also broke up four passes and was credited with a team-leading nine quarterback hurries. Recovered two fumbles, forced one and blocked a pair of kicks. His tackles for loss were spread across nine games. Named NIU's Defensive Lineman of the Week after the Kent State and Toledo games. Recorded five tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery at Toledo (11-20). Made a season-high seven tackles at Iowa (8-31). Tallied two solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, against Western Michigan (11-26). Also blocked a Bronco field goal attempt and recorded a quarterback hurry. Recorded four tackles, a sack, a pass break up, a blocked kick, and 1.5 tackles for loss at Idaho (9-14). Recovered a fumble, recorded a sack, and notched a pass break up in NIU's win at Purdue (9-28). Broke up two passes at Kent State (10-5). Made three tackles versus Akron (10-12) and had two solo stops at Central Michigan (10-19). Tallied five tackles and a sack at UMass (11-2). Registered three tackles with two for loss, and a sack in the Ball State game (11-13). Made five tackles versus Utah State (12-26) and was in on a tackle for loss.Recorded four tackles and a quarterback hurry versus Bowling Green in the MAC Championship (12-6).
2012: Tallied 26 tackles in 13 games. Ranked fifth on the team with 2.5 sacks and eighth in tackles for loss with 6.5 for minus 34 yards. Had a tackle for loss in four of the last six games of the season. Notched 16 tackles during that same stretch. Posted four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a 10-yard sack, against Kent State (11-30) in the MAC title game. Set a career high with five tackles against UMass (11-3) with one tackle for loss. Recorded four stops and an assisted TFL against Central Michigan (9-29). Posted a sack versus Buffalo (10-13) for a loss of seven yards. Had three tackles each against Western Michigan (10-27) and Eastern Michigan (11-23). Credited with a pass break up and TFL against UT Martin (9-8).
2011: Saw action in 13 games on special teams and as a reserve defensive end. Did not play at Buffalo (10-22). Recorded his lone tackle of the year against Arkansas State (1-8) on a kickoff. Named Offensive Work Team Player of the Week after the Toledo (11-1) game.
2010: Credited with eight tackles, five solo, in 11 games. Played primarily on kickoff and punt coverage units and took some defensive snaps at linebacker. Made his NIU debut in third game of year at Illinois (9-25). Collected his first career tackle, a solo stop, versus Buffalo (10-16). Tallied a pair of solo tackles in the Eastern Michigan game (11-26) when he also played linebacker. Had a pair of assisted tackles versus Toledo (11-9) and totaled two stops, one solo, at Ball State (11-20). Credited with one solo tackle in the Humanitarian Bowl win over Fresno State (12-18).
High School: Played in the East-West Shrine Game. Earned first team all-state recognition his senior year. Garnered first team all-conference and all-area accolades in each of his final two seasons. Named Co-City Conference Most Valuable Player. During his last prep season, totaled 135 tackles with five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 10 pass break-ups and one interception. Totaled 110 tackles with four forced fumbles and six recovered, 12 pass deflections and four interceptions as a junior. Made 85 stops to go with two fumbles forced, three recoveries and four pass break-ups his sophomore year. Helped his team to back-to-back conference titles in his last two seasons. South Division advanced to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history in 2008. Also competed in track and field.
Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1991 in Ethel, Miss. Son of Aletha and Chris Rainey. A sociology major. Volunteers as a church musician and reads books to children at day care centers.
RAINEY'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Tackles: 8, at Iowa, 8-31-13 TFL: 2, vs. Ball State, 11-13-13 Sacks: 1, seven times, last vs. Ball State, 11-13-13