London: Rainey to Serve as Student-Coach


Virginia football coach Mike London announced a new addition to his coaching staff on Monday -- incoming freshman quarterback Jacob Rainey.

London revealed during a session at the ACC media kickoff that Rainey would serve as a student-coach at UVa. Rainey -- who had to have his right leg amputated at the knee following a freak accident during a 2011 scrimmage -- accepted an offer from London to walk on at UVa back in January.

The 6-3, 215 lb. Charlottesville native was being recruited at quarterback by several ACC programs, including the Cavaliers, entering his junior season at Woodberry Forest. But Rainey was badly injured when he was tackled in a September 2011 scrimmage, with a ruptured artery cutting off circulation to the lower part of his right leg.

The leg had to be amputated a week later.

Wearing a prosthesis, Rainey returned to the field for his senior season at Woodberry, leading the Tigers to a touchdown on the team's season-opening drive against Benedictine. Rainey capped his prep career last November with a three-touchdown performance in a 44-14 win over Episcopal.

"It's rewarding, I guess," Rainey said last February of returning to the field, "to just kind of feel like I'm back to where I was before I got hurt."


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