AS A JUNIOR: Returned as Irish starting center in 2001…honorable mention All-America selection by Football News…named to collegefootballnews.com all-independent team. . . started all 11 games in 2001. . .team leader in minutes played with 314:17. . .named to Lombardi and Rimington Award watch list. . .despite sprained foot played entire game vs. West Virginia. . .helped Irish amass 345 yards rushing vs. West Virginia, Notre Dame's most since gaining 380 yards vs. Boston College in 2000. . . Irish collected 208 rushing yards against USC and 233 rushing yards vs. Boston College . . .Notre Dame ranked 30th nationally in rushing offense. . . helped Carlyle Holiday to his third game over 100 yards rushing vs. Boston College . . .key player in Holiday becoming the first Notre Dame quarterback ever to have three 100-yard rushing games in a season, much less a career…Notre Dame rushed for 241 yards vs. Stanford… ranked third nationally among centers in Lindy's and seventh nationally among centers in The Sporting News.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish starting center in 2000 after not seeing varsity action as a rookie in '99
. . . started all 12 games, including vs. Oregon State in 2001 Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl . . . led all players in minutes in 2000 and leads sophomores
in career playing time . . . made first career start in first career game
vs. Texas A&M . . . played every offensive snap in seven games (vs.
Nebraska, Purdue, Michigan State, Stanford, West Virginia, Boston College
and USC) . . . helped Irish score four touchdowns on the ground and rack
380 yards rushing vs. Boston College, the highest Notre Dame rushing
since 1996 vs. Boston College . . . played key role in enabling Irish to
rank 14th nationally in rushing and 17th in passing efficiency . . . made
60 regular-season special-team appearances, then one more vs. Oregon
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see varsity action as rookie center in '99.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today first-team prep All-American . . .
named to Super Southern 100 team by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . .
rated one of top 100 national prospects by Dallas Morning News and Fort
Worth Star-Telegram . . . rated 63rd nationally on Chicago Sun-Times list
of top 100 players . . . rated 74th best prospect by ESPN.com and 69th by
The Sporting News . . . rated one of top 25 Florida prospects by Palm
Post . . . Florida Class 5-A all-state pick as junior and senior at
Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla. . . . won three letters in football
while playing as center and tackle . . . a second-team pick on Fox Sports
South Countdown to Signing Day All-South team . . . honorable mention pick
on Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team . . . helped team average 400 yards
per game on offense while leading the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in
. . had 77 pancake blocks as senior in '98 . . . graded out at 91
as blocker over his last two seasons . . . captain of squad and team MVP
'98 . . . three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-Central
Florida and all-district pick . . . conference MVP as senior in '98 and
district offensive MVP . . . helped team to league crown as junior in '97
. . earned four letters in weightlifting and two in track and field as
putter . . . plans to major in mechanical engineering . . . full name is
Jeffrey Kalei Faine . . . born 4-6-81 in Milwaukee, Ore. . . . enrolled in
College of Arts and Letters.