Has been a utility player for the Irish in his first three seasons a versatile player, he has seen action as both a defender, midfielder and forward one of the team's most athletic players will see time primarily as a forward in 2000 in order to take advantage of his speed and athleticism has solid work ethic on the playing field and in practice experience he had as both a starter and reserve will be invaluable to team this season.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned starts in five of the 13 games he played sprained his ankle in the second game of the season versus Boston College and missed subsequent contests against Western Michigan, Pittsburgh and Cleveland State returned to the lineup against Connecticut and started that game registered his only point of the season in 4-0 win over Providence when he assisted on one of Erich Braun's two goals which came at the 74:55 mark of the contest.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started first six games of the season and made seven starts in 17 appearances finished '98 with a goal and two assists had a goal and assist against Valparaiso in the season opener tallied Notre Dame's second goal of the game when he tapped in a Shane Walton feed at 37:18 which put the Irish up 2-0 in the contest assisted on Ben Bocklage's second goal of the game at 60:25 which gave the Irish a 5-0 advantage had the assist on Walton's game-winning goal in 2-1 victory at Saint Mary's only game he missed all season was BIG EAST tournament quarterfinal matchup against St. John's.
AS A FRESHMAN: Only freshman to play in all 21 games during the 1997 campaign started 11 contests and was the team's fourth-leading scorer with four goals and three assists (11 points) earned first collegiate start in the third game of the season against Providence which was the first of nine straight starts named co-BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on Sept. 7, after scoring a goal and dishing off two assists in 3-0 win against the Friars accounted for all three of Notre Dame's goals in the game as he dished off assists on goals by Alan Woods and Andrew Aris tallied his first collegiate goal in the second half of contest on assists from Bill Savarino and Matt McNew registered a goal and an assist in 5-0 win at Valparaiso netted a goal for the third straight game in 3-2 overtime loss at home against Buffalo put the Irish up 1-0 at the 49:29 mark off assists from Stephen Maio and Ryan Turner tallied Notre Dame's only goal and fourth of the season in 2-1 overtime loss at Connecticut put the Irish up 1-0 at the 33:31 mark with the goal being assisted by another Irish rookie, Connor LaRose.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 1996-97 four-time all-state, all-city and all-conference honoree in soccer at Southside High School has been a member of the South Carolina Olympic Development Program on all levels since 1993 played for the DSA Strikers and led that club team to two state championships in 1994 and 1995 and a runner-up finish in Region III tournament earned MVP honors at '95 state tournament recipient of Notre Dame Student Leadership award as a junior participant in the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in May 1999 three-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team member of the Notre Dame Academic Honors Program winner of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award following the 1999 campaign named to the Dean's List four of his six semesters and owns a 3.533 cumulative grade point average born July 31, 1979 an American studies major enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
McKnight's Career Statistics
|Year ||GP-GS ||Sh ||G ||A ||Pts ||GW|
|1997 ||21-11 ||23 ||4 ||3 ||11 ||1|
|1998 ||17-7 ||11 ||1 ||2 ||4 ||0|
|1999 ||13-5 ||6 ||0 ||1 ||1 ||0|
|Totals ||51-23 ||40 ||5 ||6 ||16 ||1|