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Player profile

(Updated November 2016)
Redshirt Senior
Ramsey, NJ
high school
Don Bosco Prep
other college
Seminole State College FL


Appeared in 55 games making 41 starts in his final season at Florida State…concluded his senior campaign with a .264 average, five doubles, two home runs, 26 runs scored, 22 RBI, 16 walks and was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases…opened the season with a five-game hitting streak and had seven stretches of three-game hitting streaks throughout the season…hit the first of his two home runs on the year against USF (3/4)…had a career day against UCF (3/11), tying a career-high with three hits, two doubles, an RBI and a career-best four runs scored in the 11-10 FSU win…all five doubles came during a four-game stretch in the mid-season, hitting one in each game against Maryland (3/7-9) and two in the opener at UCF…went 4-for-7 in the series against NC State (3/14-15) with two walks and his second home run of the season…also notched an RBI in each game against the No. 5 Wolfpack…opened the doubleheader at Clemson (3/22) with a 2-for-5 performance, two RBI and a run scored…had a hit and an RBI in the final two games at Boston College (3/28-29)…went 2-for-5 with a walk at Wake Forest (4/19)…pinch hit against Minnesota (5/3) and had a single and sac bunt in the 5-4, come-from-behind Seminole victory…entered as a pinch hitter at Stetson (5/6), going 2-for-2 with an RBI and run scored against the Hatters… in the exhibition game against the Yankees (2/25) in Tampa, registered three hits…finished his Seminole career appearing in 96 games with 62 starts, hitting .289 with 42 runs and 36 RBI…also reached base 28 times via walk and 10 times via hit by pitch.


Appeared in 41 games with 21 starts – eight in right field, seven in center field and six in left field…batted .333 with five doubles and 14 RBI…scored 16 runs and drew 12 walks…hit a two-run double in the eighth to help FSU come from behind to beat Rhode Island (2/17)…came off the bench and knocked in three RBI against Villanova (3/1)…went 3-for-4 against Presbyterian (3/6) to mark his first multi-hit game as a Seminole…scored three runs on 2-for-3 hitting against Boston College (3/10)…was a home run short of the cycle against Duke (4/12) on 3-of-4 hitting with two RBI and two runs scored…hit his first career home run – a grand slam – in FSU’s regional clinching win against Troy (6/2)…had six multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games…finished the season on an eight game hitting streak.


Played centerfield at Seminole State College of Florida in 2012…finished the year batting .389 with 31 runs scored.


Appeared in 25 games with six starts as a freshman in 2011…scored seven runs and drove in eight…finished the year with two stolen bases…appeared in 13 conference games with three starts as a designated hitter…batted .294 with four doubles and a .385 OBP against league foes.

HIGH SCHOOL (Don Bosco Prep):

Four-year varsity letter-winner at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey for football and baseball…earned Louisville Slugger All-America honors as a senior…earned honors of Northeast All-Region first team, All-State, All-North Jersey, All-County, and All-League in 2009…named the Bergen Record Athlete of the Year in 2009…led the team to the nation’s No. 1 ranking and a state title in 2008…also a starred at quarterback, leading Don Bosco to two state titles and a top-10 national ranking…All-State selection and Bergen Record Player of the Year as a senior in football…made his ESPN debut in 2008 when he led Don Bosco to a win over California power De La Salle…Honor Roll student with a 3.5 grade point average…played club ball with the South Florida Bandits.


Son of Karl and Cathi Knief…three siblings, Kris, Lexi and Ashley…sister Lexi plays softball at Penn State…member of the 3.0 GPA Club at FSU (Spring 2013)…majoring in interdisciplinary social science…born on August 8, 1990.