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#20 Jake Knott
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 252
Year: Senior
City/State: Waukee, Iowa
High School: Waukee
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Jake Knott
Release: 07/24/2009

Awards and Honors
Co-captain (2011 and 2012)
Phil Steele Magazine
Fourth-Team All-American (2012)
All-Big 12 First Team (Coaches - 2012; Associated Press - 2011, 2012)
All-Big 12 Second Team (Coaches -  2010, 2011; Associated Press - 2010)
Butkus Award Watch List (2012)
Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List (2012)
Nagurski Award Watch List (2012)
Bednarik Award Watch List (2012)
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview 2012 All-Big 12 First Team
Lindy’s All-Big 12 First Team (2012)
Athlon Sports first-team All-Big 12 (2012)
USA Today All-Big 12 First Team (2012) Honorable Mention All-American (2011)
Honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Honorable Mention (Coaches - 2010)
Preseason All-Big 12 First Team (2012)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 27, 2010; Sept. 10, 2012; Oct. 29, 2012)
Pete Taylor MVP Award Winner (2012)
Al and Dean Knudson Award Recipient - Team’s Outstanding Defensive Player (2010)
Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2010, 2011)
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team (2012)
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (F09, S10, F10)
ISU Scholar Athlete (2011, 2013)

Co-captain … first-team All-Big 12 honoree from The Associated Press and  from the coaches despite playing in just eight games … missed final five games after having season-ending shoulder surgery … finished career ranked sixth all-time on Iowa State all-time tackles list with 347 stops … finished career with 19 double-digit tackles games … clinched wins at Iowa and at TCU with late interceptions … had 10 career take-a-ways (8 INT, 2 FR) … eight interceptions are an all-time ISU linebacker record … finished career with 10 forced fumbles … earned Big 12 Player of the Week in his final game after making 11 tackles and causing a key goal-line fumble in a win over Baylor … had season-high 13 tackles at TCU and against Kansas State.


Co-captain … first-team All-Big 12 honoree from The Associated Press and second-team all-league from the coaches … honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated … started all 13 games … finished second on the Cyclones with 115 tackles … ranked third in the Big 12 and 48th nationally in tackles … led Iowa State with four forced fumbles … also recorded two interceptions, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery … posted six games with at least 10 tackles … has 14 career games with double-figure tackles … enter senior season with 268 career tackles, including 12.0 for a loss … made 13 tackles and forced a fumble in win over Oklahoma State … in second overtime, tipped Brandon Weeden pass that was intercepted by Ter’Ran Benton and led to Iowa State’s game-winning drive … posted career-high 18 tackles at Baylor … separated shoulder against the Bears twice, but popped it back in both times, including once on the field … opened season with 15 tackles, 2.5 for loss, in victory over Northern Iowa … made 11 tackles and grabbed an interception at Oklahoma … posted 11 tackles and a forced fumble at Connecticut … recovered a fumble against Iowa … grabbed an interception at Missouri.

Had one of the best sophomore seasons in Iowa State history … received honorable mention recognition for the league’s defensive player-of-the-year award … averaged 10.8 tackles per game, ranking second in the Big 12 and 12th nationally  … made 130 tackles, broke up five passes, made four interceptions and forced four fumbles … made 16 tackles at Colorado and broke up three Buffalo passes … at Oklahoma, made 13 tackles … had eight games in which he reached double figures in tackles.


Played in every game as a true freshman ... finished season with 23 tackles and broke up a pass ... had six tackles with two for loss in win at Kent State ... had six tackles in win over Baylor.

High School

Ninth-ranked prospect in Iowa ... named to the elite all-state team and was Class 4A first-team all-state by The Des Moines Register ... recorded 99 tackles with seven tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions as a senior ... played receiver on offense, catching 37 passes for 844 yards and five touchdowns ... coached by Scott Carlson ... lettered in baseball and track and field ... offered baseball scholarships by Iowa and Northern Iowa.

Born Oct. 24, 1990 in Kansas City, Mo. ... son of Laura and Tim Knott ... management major.

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