McKnight's Career Highs:
Receptions - 8 (3 times: at BYU, 2004; Michigan State, 2003; BYU, 2003)
Receiving Yards - 121 (at Boston College, 2003)
Receiving Touchdowns - 1 (7 times - most recent: at Michigan, 2005)
Longest Reception - 54 (at BYU, 2004)
CAREER: Fifth-year player who ranks among the most prolific pass-catchers in Notre Dame history ... approved for extra season of eligibility by Faculty Board on Athletics since his 2005 injury came within first 20 percent of season ... has fully recovered from a knee injury that prematurely ended his 2005 campaign ... enters his final season with the Irish among the all-time school leaders in career receptions (ninth with 103), career receiving yards (11th with 1,370) and career TD receptions (11th with seven) ... led the Irish in receptions in 2003 and 2004 ... has exceeded 100 yards receiving three times in his career (121 at Boston College, 2003; 113 vs. Purdue, 2004; 104 vs. Michigan State, 2003).
2005 (SENIOR): Played in the first two games (at Pittsburgh and at Michigan) at receiver before missing the remainder of the season due to an injury suffered versus Michigan ... made five catches for 69 yards (13.8-yard average) and one TD ... caught three passes for 51 yards versus Pittsburgh, including a season-best 27-yard catch ... snared two passes for 18 yards against Michigan, including a five-yard scoring reception on Notre Dame's first drive ... logged 28:12 of playing time with one special teams appearance.
2004 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games with nine starts ... led the team with 42 catches for 610 yards (14.5 average) and three TDs ... made eight catches for 92 yards against BYU including a career-long 54-yard TD reception ... his eight receptions tied a career-high (`03 versus Michigan State and BYU) ... had three catches for 42 yards versus Michigan ... caught three passes for 68 yards against Washington, including a 53-yard catch ... caught seven passes for 113 yards and a TD versus Purdue, including a 40-yard scoring catch ... had three receptions for 51 yards, including a 34-yarder, against Stanford ... hauled in two passes for 22 yards, with a long of 19 yards, against Navy ... made five receptions for 78 yards versus Boston College ... caught four passes for 35 yards against Tennessee ... had two catches for 10 yards against Pittsburgh ... had a nine-yard catch versus USC ... caught four passes for 90 yards including a 35-yard TD grab versus Oregon State in the Insight Bowl ... made 33 special teams appearances and logged 218:46 of playing time.
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Quickly asserted himself as a go-to receiver in his first year as a starter ... played in all 12 games, earning eight starting assignments ... led the Irish with 47 catches for 600 yards (12.8 avg.) and three TDs ... also was a part-time punt returner, taking back five for 71 yards (14.2 avg.) ... made five catches for 33 yards and his first career TD versus Washington State, an 11-yard score ... made his first start versus Michigan and had one reception for 11 yards ... hauled in a career-best eight receptions for 104 yards versus Michigan State, including a 29-yard TD from Brady Quinn ... made four receptions for 32 yards against Purdue ... returned two punts against Pittsburgh, including a career-long return of 22 yards ... made three receptions for 46 yards versus USC ... set a career high for receiving yards with 121 against Boston College on four receptions (30.3 avg.), including a 38-yard catch versus the Eagles ... caught three passes for 23 yards versus Florida State ... led team in catches versus Navy with four for 50 yards, including a two-yard TD ... was Notre Dame's leading receiver versus Brigham Young, matching a career high with eight receptions for 98 yards ... tied for the team lead in receiving against Stanford with two catches for 35 yards, also returning three punts for 42 yards ... led the Irish with four receptions for 41 yards against Syracuse ... played 205:05 and made 20 special teams appearances.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Made an immediate impact as a reserve wide receiver ... played in 12 games and finished the season with nine receptions for 91 yards ... made two catches for nine yards against Maryland in his first game action ... pulled in two receptions for 37 yards versus Boston College, including a 21-yarder to convert on third down and keep the team's only scoring drive alive ... tied his season-long mark with a 21-yard reception against Rutgers ... made his first punt return versus Rutgers, a nine-yard runback ... had two catches for 20 yards versus Southern California ... logged 75:49 and made four special teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Kennedy High School in La Palma, Calif. ... rated the top player on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team ... also rated the 28th player nationally by CNNSI.com and Student Sports magazine ... listed 41st on The Sporting News Hot 101 list ... named to the Las Vegas Sun Super 11 squad ... caught 20 passes for 395 yards and four TDs as a senior in 2001 ... rushed for 1,483 yards and 21 TDs as a senior and completed 50 percent of his passes for 451 yards and two TDs at quarterback in 2001 ... caught 62 passes for 1,142 yards and 15 TDs as a junior in 2000 while leading Kennedy to the California Interscholastic Federation South Section Division VI semifinals ... started at wide receiver and free safety as a junior and returned four punts for TDs in the first five games ... did not play organized football until becoming a starter as a high school sophomore ... full name is Rhema Lee McKnight ... born on March 6, 1984 ... a graduate of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters with degrees in psychology and computer applications ... currently enrolled in graduate studies ... earned 3.417 grade-point average in `05 fall semester.