NEW MEXICO: Lightning quick defensive end who has the potential to be one of the nation's premier players at the position in 2010...made a name for himself as a first-year starter last fall when he was the second-most productive defensive lineman in the Mountain West, trailing only TCU's two-time All-American Jerry Hughes in tackles for loss and sacks...second team all-MWC pick in `09 but could be poised for an All-America campaign in 2010 as he continues to bolster his strength and improves at the point of attack...fastest lineman on the team, clocking a 40 time of 4.82 in the winter of `09, and does a tremendous job pursuing plays sideline-to-sideline...will track down scrambling quarterbacks, running backs, and even wide receivers across the field from the backside of plays...has a natural talent for rushing the passer...great explosiveness with a 34-inch vertical leap...came to UNM as a 210-pound linebacker, but has added over 30 pounds to his frame over the past three years without sacrificing any speed or athleticism...came into his own during the second half of spring practice last year after then-starter DeAndre Davis was sidelined with an injury...relatively new to the sport as he didn't start playing football full-time until his junior year of high school because he thought basketball may have been in his future...speaks some Spanish, which he learned from his mother, Maria, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Turned in a sensational season as a first-year starter, establishing himself as one of the MWC's most dangerous defensive ends en route to second team all-MWC honors...ranked No. 30 on CollegeFootballNews.com's list of the MWC's best players, regardless of position...got off to a great start, earning midseason 1st team all-MWC recognition from Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine...tied for the MWC lead (T-24th nationally) in tackles for loss per game (15.5 total - 15 solo, 1 assisted)...2nd in the MWC (T-21st nationally) in sacks (9.5 - 9 solo, 1 assisted), trailing only TCU All-American Jerry Hughes...his 9.5 sacks were the most by a Lobo in nine years and tied for 9th on the UNM single-season list...had a TFL in 10 of 12 games (9 starts), resulting in a combined loss of 117 yards for opposing offenses...that's an average of 7.3 yards lost on each stop in the backfield...multiple TFLs in 4 games...had a sack against 8 of his 12 opponents...2 games with 2+ sacks...made an impact on almost every snap, hurrying or hitting QBs a team-best 38 times...52 total tackles ranked 5th among MWC defensive linemen...also had a forced fumble that set-up a Lobo TD, as well as a fumble recovery, and PBU...came off the bench the first 3 weeks before making his first career start in week 4 against New Mexico State.
`09 HIGHLIGHTS: at No. 4 TCU...Pair of tackles, including an 8-yard sack on third down that forced the Horned Frogs into a long FG attempt (missed)...it was just the sixth sack TCU allowed in its 8 MWC games and 12th in their 13 games...also had 2 QB hurry/hits and recovered a fumble...vs. Colorado State...Got in on 3 tackles and forced a Ram punt with an 8-yard sack on a 3rd down play...chased down rolling CSU starter Grant Stucker and knocked him out of the game in the 2nd quarter with a vicious, but clean, hit that forced an incompletion...at San Diego State...Made one of the defensive plays of the game when he sacked and stripped Aztec QB Ryan Lindley to set up the Lobos' first TD...finished with 4 tackles and kept Lindley on the run with 3 QB hits/hurries...vs. UNLV...No tackles for loss for the first time this fall, but continued to make his presence felt...got in on 6 tackles and had 5 more QBH, including several big shots on the Rebel passers...sniffed out a trick play, running down the ball carrier for no gain...4 stops for 2 yards or less...at Wyoming...Kept rolling on a frigid, snowy day, recording 2 more solo tackles for loss (-10 yards) and 5 QB hits/hurries...was the Cowboys' focal point after fellow DE Jaymar Latchison left with an ankle injury early in the 1st quarter, but still created problems in the backfield...5 total stops...at Texas Tech...Just 3 stops, but wreaked havok on the Red Raider offensive tackles...chased down scrambling QB Taylor Potts - who entered the afternoon as the nation's leading passer - and knocked him out of the game on a punishing 11-yard sack...also had 5 more QB hurries/hits...drew a holding penalty, but still managed to hit QB Steven Sheffield, resulting in teammate Frankie Solomon's 29-yard INT return for a TD...vs. New Mexico State...Was the Lobos' defensive player of the game, posting career-highs for tackles (9), tackles for loss (3.5), and sacks (2.5) in his first career start...also had 3 more QB hits/hurries and tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage...sacks were the most by a Lobo since 2006, while TFL were the most in 2 years...all 3.5 of his tackles for loss came on 4 Aggie drives inside the UNM 25-yard line, helping to limit NMSU to 1 FG and 1 TD on those trips...3 times he stuffed the Aggies on 3rd down in UNM territory, resulting in a FG, punt, and missed FG...vs. Air Force...Ran down several outside option plays, getting in on 6 tackles, including another solo TFL...vs. Tulsa...Another excellent performance with 4 tackles, including 2.0 tackles and a solo sack...added 5 more QB hits/hurries as well and was a sideline-to-sideline presence...ran down a breakaway RB 20 yards downfield from the backside of the play...at Texas A&M...Was the Lobos' defensive star of the game, recording career-highs of 7 tackles (3 solo), 2.0 sacks, and 6 QB hits/hurries off the bench.
2008 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Solid debut season, finishing with 15 tackles, 2.5 TFL, a sack and forced fumble in 11 games...also had 6 QB hurries/hits...playing time and production increased as the year went on...8 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack, and the forced fumble in the final month of the season...season-high 4 stops at UNLV.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Houston Northbrook High School...two-year starter at defensive end who had 65 tackles, 8 sacks and 15 tackles for loss as a senior for coach Craig Cripps...third team all-district for the Raiders in hoops as a sophomore and junior...also third in the district in the high jump his junior year.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 26, 1988, in San Marcos, Texas...full name is Johnathan Lee Rainey...son of Johnson and Maria...major is University Studies.
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