Photos from the first day of spring practice
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - A member of two Big Ten championship teams as a running back at Wisconsin from 1996-2000, rushing for 1,064 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. He posted three 100-yard rushing games, including 119 yards in a win over No. 14 Iowa in 1997 as a redshirt freshman. Wisconsin went to five straight bowls during his playing career, including back-to-back Rose Bowls in 1999 and 2000; Professional - Signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001 before going on to a pro career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
EDUCATION: Earned a B.A. in history from Wisconsin in 2000, and a M.A. in adult, higher and community education from Ball State in 2004.
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Muncie, Indiana on October 20, 1977. Wife's name is Anissa, he has a son, Eddie IV (11), and a daughter, Madison Rose (8).
BOWL EXPERIENCE: As a coach - 2013 Rose Bowl, 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl, 2009 GMAC Bowl, 2008 International Bowl; As a player - 2000 Sun Bowl, 2000 Rose Bowl, 1999 Rose Bowl, 1998 Outback Bowl, 1996 Copper Bowl.
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2012 Wisconsin, 2011 Northern Illinois.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: As a coach - At Wisconsin in 2012, helped junior Jacob Pedersen win all-Big Ten honors and the league's Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award. Pedersen was the team's second leading receiver and his 14 career TD receptions are tied for 11th all time at UW. At Northern Illinois, Faulkner mentored All-MAC tailback Jasmin Hopkins, who rushed for 956 yards and 15 touchdowns on 187 carries (5.1 avg.). NIU boasted the nation's No. 12 rushing attack with an average of 234.1 yards per game. While also overseeing NIU's special teams, Faulkner's punt coverage unit ranked second nationally, yielding just one yard per return. Husky placekicker Mathew Sims was a first-team All-MAC performer while compiling a school-record 124 points (20-28 field goals, 64-66 PATs). Served as Ball State's interim head coach at the end of the 2010 season before his departure to NIU. While at Ball State, the Cardinals captured two MAC West Division championships and advanced to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history. The 2008 squad went undefeated during the regular season as tailback MiQuale Lewis rushed for a Ball State record 1,736 yards.
Eddie Faulkner's Coaching History