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Rainey's performance shines for the Bucs

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Bucs runningback Bobby Rainey has fantasy football owners scrambling this week. Rainey's 163-yard, 3-touchdown performance on Sunday put him on top of the NFL for Week 11.

His points were better than Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson and LeSean McCoy. So it's no surprise to see Rainey up for the NFL's Player of the Week Vote.

One guy who knew what Rainey could do is USF Head Coach Willie Taggart. Taggart coached Rainey at Western Kentucky and he's been telling Rainey to just keep working, that his day would come.

Since being picked up by the Bucs a month ago, Rainey has been a regular visitor to USF to chat with his old coach.

Even after posting the 3rd highest rushing total in a single game this season in the NFL, Rainey took time yesterday to stop by his old coach's office.

Taggart says he's not shocked with what he saw out of Rainey on Sunday. It's the same effort his watched for four years.

"Reminded me a lot of the days at Western with how he ran the football," said Taggart. "He's doing what he's been doing for a long time now. He's just doing it at the best level now."

"He's a confident kid. I knew if he got the opportunity, he'll take advantage of it. That's what he's doing now," Taggart added.

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