Schmidt among sixteen Irish players honored.
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 up 380 yards rushing vs. Boston College, the highest Notre Dame rushing output 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 State.
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 Beach 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 '98 . . had 77 pancake blocks as senior in '98 . . . graded out at 91 percent as blocker over his last two seasons . . . captain of squad and team MVP in '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 shot 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.