2011 Spring Football Outlook: Linebackers
AMES, Iowa - Jake Knott and A.J. Klein earned All-Big 12 honors with super sophomore seasons that ranks this among the best linebackers in college football this fall. They will be the eye of Iowa State's defensive storm for the next two seasons. Knott, who was not heavily recruited, underscored Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads' eye for talent. It was Rhoads who personally offered the outside linebacker a scholarship. Knott averaged 10.8 tackles per game last season, ranking second in the Big 12 and 12th nationally in that category. Knott had one of the best sophomore seasons in Iowa State history. The Waukee native made 130 tackles, broke up five passes, made four interceptions and forced four fumbles. Knott made 16 tackles at Colorado and broke up three Buffalo passes. He also received honorable mention for the league's defensive player-of-the-year award. At Oklahoma, Knott made 13 tackles.