Daveren Rayner - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 17


  • position Inside Linebacker
  • height 6-2
  • Weight 217
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Indianapolis, Ind.
  • High school Lawrence Central
  • Previous School Northern Illinois

2023 – Senior
• Transferred to Kentucky after three seasons at Northern Illinois
• Compiled 126 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups at NIU
• Started in 17 of 22 games at NIU
• Saw action in all 13 games at Kentucky in 2023, with one start vs. Missouri
• Career totals are now 35 career games played with 23 starts
• Totaled 30 total tackles this season with 3.0 TFL, two PBUs and one QBH
• Led Kentucky with a season-high 10 tackles, including five solo tackles, vs. Missouri … Added one tackle for loss (-1 yard) and his first quarterback hurry of the season
• Got his first TFL at UK in the win over Florida

2022 – Junior (Northern Illinois)
• Played and started in eight of NIU’s 11 games
• Totaled 71 tackles, second on the team, including 30 solo
• Added 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries
• Had 10 tackles in the Huskies’ game at Kentucky

2021 – Sophomore (Northern Illinois)
• Played in eight games with four starts
• Made 29 tackles, 24 solo
• Totaled six stops and his lone sack of the season in the opener at Georgia Tech
• Recorded 19 tackles in the first three games of the season, following up the opener with a season-high seven stops versus Wyoming
• Contributed six tackles, all solo, at Michigan
• After making two solo stops versus Maine, missed the next four contests due to injury before returning at Kent State where he made one tackle
• Came back to tie his season high with seven tackles, six solo, versus Western Michigan

2020 – Freshman (Northern Illinois)
• Appeared in all six games and made five starts as a true freshman
• Fifth on the squad with 27 tackles
• Had three total pass breakups on the season, second-best on the team
• Amassed a career-high seven tackles against Central Michigan and Toledo
• Recorded his first career tackle in the season opener against Buffalo
• Made his first career start against Central Michigan
• Credited with two pass breakups and tackle for loss against Toledo
• Tallied six stops, including a half tackle for loss and a pass break up at Ball State
• Notched his first career sack against Western Michigan (11-28) as part of a three-tackle effort

High School
• Earned recognition on the Indiana Football Coaches’ Association Top 60 list
• Selected to the pre and post season IFCA All-State team and to the Indianapolis Star Super Team (postseason)
• Ranked No. 26 in Indiana by
• Two-time All-Marion County selection,
• Received All Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) honors in 2018 and 2019
• Amassed 118 tackles, 59 solo, in 2019 with seven pass break-ups, two interceptions a forced one fumble and recovered one in 2019
• Blocked four kicks in his high school career – two as a senior and two as a junior
• Totaled 75 stops his junior season with 50 solo, three passes deflected and one intercepted
• Coached by John Rodenburg
• Also a two-year letterwinner as a hurdler on the track team

• Born in Indianapolis, Indiana
• Son of Dara Patterson and Averen Rayner
• Siblings are Averien, Dahaven, Jakobe and Ariah
• Major is communication

Daveren Says
• He chose Kentucky because of the family feel
• Three words to describe him are chill, funny and outgoing
• One thing most people don’t know about him is that he likes country music
• His go-to karaoke song is “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
• If he could eat only food the rest of his life he would choose sushi

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