We continue our look at the top non-AQ players of 2010 today with somebody who has been under the radar, but deserves much praise for the season he just completed.
No. 24 Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers broke a 26-game losing streak in 2010 and ended up winning two games, a vast improvement over their winless season in 2009. The baby steps are huge for this program, still in its infancy on the FBS level. Bobby Rainey is a huge reason why the Hilltoppers were able to make those strides. Rainey had nine 100-yard rushing games and ran for 1,649 yards on a whopping 340 carries -- the most in the nation and a school record. He and Jordan Todman of Connecticut were the only two players to have more than 300 carries last season. Rainey ranked No. 3 in the nation with an average of 137.4 yards a game and also scored 15 touchdowns on the ground, which all led to his selection as the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year. His total rushing yards rank second on the school single-season list -- falling 19 shy of the record. Rainey actually ended up with 1,879 yards from scrimmage, nearly half of the team’s 3,817 total yards. He returns for his senior season.
No. 25: Roosevelt Nix, DT, Kent State