The Citadel’s Rainey Named HERO Sports Third-Team All-American

The Citadel’s Rainey Named HERO Sports Third-Team All-American
Brandon Rainey rushed for over 100 yards for a third time this season as The Citadel knock off Mercer on homecoming, 35-24. (Source: The Citadel Football)

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel’s Brandon Rainey was named a Third-Team All-American as an athlete by HERO Sports, the organization announced Monday.

Rainey is recognized after putting together one of the best seasons by a quarterback in school history. The junior accounted for a school-record 30 touchdowns and became just the second signal caller in school history to rush for and throw for at least 10 touchdowns in the same season.

He finished the year by rushing for 900 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also throwing for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 13 touchdown passes tied for the seventh most in a single season, and are the most since the 2008 season. Rainey is also the first quarterback to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Bart Blanchard in 2008.

Rainey rushed for a touchdown in nine of the 11 games played, including three rushing touchdowns against Elon, Samford and VMI. He also threw for a touchdown in nine games, including throwing two touchdown passes against Samford and Chattanooga. All in all, Rainey ran for and threw for a touchdown in eight games during the season.

The 2020 schedule was announced earlier this month and season tickets for the 2020 season will go on sale in February.