Q&A With ODU Football's James Rainey

March 13, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 13, 2009

A weekly Q&A with an Old Dominion University football player


James Rainey

Offensive Line

6-3, 250, Fr.

Ocean Lakes HS


When did you begin playing football?

When I was 7 years old I started playing flag football


Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

My high school coach, he really helped me turn my life around


Why did you choose to attend ODU?

Same reason everyone else did, history


What has been the biggest difference between high school football and college football?

The speed, tempo and competition


What has it been the best part about being a member of ODU’s first football team in over 60 years?

Feeling the excitement around you


If you could play another position what would it be and why?

Quarterback, I have always felt I was meant to be one I was just born into a lineman’s body


Favorite sports other than your own?



After meeting Coach Wilder for the first time, what were your thoughts?

This guy wants to win


After meeting your position coach for the first time, what were your thoughts?

I have never seen someone so excited about football


Do you have a pre-game ritual, if so what is it?

Not really, just to sit and think about the game


What is your funniest memory from an ODU practice thus far?

Watching our kicker Drew fall in the weight room while doing hang cleans


If you could line up opposite any player in the NFL and go 1-on-1, who would it be and why?

Jeff Saturday, he’s one of the best centers in the NFL and I could learn a lot from him.


What song is stuck in your head right now?

John Deere Green by Joe Diffie


What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I love to spend my summer surfing and I used to play running back


What is your dream job?

Offensive line coach for a Division I program


What is your most valued possession?

My cell phone, I can’t function without it


What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

Quiznos, I can’t stay away from the Baja chicken sub