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By Matt Golden
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Just this past weekend, Rainey set the school record for total touchdowns accounted for at 23 with still three games remaining on the schedule.

It’s hard to believe in 2019 that a quarterback can average under 90 passing yards per game, and still be touted as a top playmaker in their respective conference. The Citadel, which features an option heavy offense, has just that in quarterback Brandon Rainey. The redshirt junior from Acworth, Georgia has opened many eyes and silenced critics. The Citadel finds itself one game out of the top spot in the Southern Conference after ten weeks, just behind co-leaders Wofford and Furman. A lot of the Bulldogs’ success is owed to Rainey, and his ability to run the offense efficiently.

Just this past weekend, Rainey set the school record for total touchdowns accounted for at 23 with still three games remaining on the schedule. The standout signal caller picked up two total touchdowns, and 120 rushing yards against conference opponent Mercer, leading the team to its third win in as many tries and a new season high of 378 rushing yards on offense. This is just another performance for Rainey that proves his effectiveness at the quarterback position. This season, Rainey has posted outings that feature a season-high 169 rushing yards against then 13th ranked Towson, a three rushing touchdown performance against VMI, in which he also compiled a season-high 235 passing yards, and a three passing touchdown showing against Western Carolina.

Despite limited opportunities in the passing game, Rainey has shown to be very dependable and smart with the football when called upon. He sits at first place when it comes to quarterback efficiency rating within the Southern Conference, with a rating of 169.2. He has attempted 73 passes through ten weeks, completing 42 of them and only giving the ball up through the air three times on interceptions. His 9 passing touchdowns through the air aren’t a super impressive number, but when you take attempts and The Citadel’s offensive philosophy into account, then it’s hard to doubt the productiveness. 

When it comes to rushing the ball, Rainey is among the conference’s best, position or offensive scheme aside. Brandon places fifth in total rushing yards through ten weeks in the Southern Conference, and is impressively tied for third amongst all the FCS in rushing touchdowns (14). His run game has provided the Bulldogs’ offense with stability and dependably. To truly depict what type of runner Rainey is, we’ll go back to about eight minutes left in the second quarter of the Citadel victory over then #8 ranked Furman. It was 3rd and 3, The Citadel held a 7-3 lead, and was nearing midfield. A forced punt at this point of the game would be a huge swing for Furman, but Rainey had other plans. A fake sweep to the right propelled Rainey to a 30+ yard pickup in which he broke three tackles and brought three defenders to the ground.

A hard-nose, fight for every inch type runner is the best way Rainey’s ground attack can be explained. There is some home run hitter ability in Brandon Rainey, but his durability and consistency on offense is a big reason for the Bulldogs’ and Rainey’s success. Look for Brandon Rainey to compile more touchdowns over the next three weeks to extend his record and expect the Bulldogs to be in the thick of the conference race the rest of the way due to his leadership.