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#47 A.J. Klein
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 248
Year: Senior
City/State: Kimberly, Wis.
High School: Kimberly
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Release: 07/24/2009
Awards and Honors
Co-Captain (2012)
Drafted by Carolina Panthers (Fifth round - 15th pick/148th overall)
Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year (2011) Honorable Mention All-American (2012)
Butkus Award Watch List (2012)
Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List (2012)
Nagurski Award Watch List (2012)
Bednarik Award Watch List (2012)
All-Big 12 First Team (Coaches - 2011, 2012; Associated Press - 2012)
All-Big 12 Second Team (Associated Press - 2011)
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (AP, Coaches - 2010)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Honorable Mention (Coaches - 2012)
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview All-Big 12 First-Team and Fourth-Team All-American (2012)
Lindy’s preseason All-Big 12 First-Team and Second-Team All-American (2012)
Athlon Sports preseason All-Big 12 First-Team (2012)
USA Today All-Big 12 First-Team (2011)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 21, 2011)
Preseason All-Big 12 First Team (2012)
Al and Dean Knudson Award Recipient - Team’s Outstanding Defensive Player (2012)
Pete Taylor MVP Award Winner (2011)
Academic All-Big 12 First-Team (2010, 2011, 2012)
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (F09, S10, S11, F11, S12)
ISU Scholar Athlete (2012)

All-Big 12 First-Team choice after finishing season with 117 tackles … finished career with 361 tackles, ranking fourth on the Cyclone career tackle list … had five games with more than 10 or more stops … had an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown against Texas Tech, which tied him for NCAA record for interceptions returned for touchdown by a linebacker (four) … holds ISU record with four defensive touchdowns … had seven career take-a-ways (5 INT, 2 FR) … had 17 career double-digit tackle games … recorded a career-high 19 tackles in Liberty Bowl game vs. Tulsa … had 13 tackles in win over Baylor and 14 tackles against West Virginia … made a sack in win at TCU.


Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year … earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches and second-team all-conference from The Associated Press … earned Iowa State’s Peter Taylor MVP Award recipient … started all 13 games … led Iowa State with 116 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss … finished second in the Big 12 and tied for 45th nationally in tackles … broke up six passes, had two sacks and grabbed an interception as well … had five games with at least 10 tackles … enters senior season with 244 career tackles, including 16.5 for a loss … led Iowa State with 14 tackles, one for loss, in win over Oklahoma State … had 15 tackles against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl … recorded Iowa State’s longest play from scrimmage, returning an interception 78 yards for a touchdown at Missouri, the longest interception return in the Big 12 in 2011 … return touchdown was third of his career, which makes him Iowa State’s all-time leader in interception returns for touchdowns and ties him with former defensive tackle Brent Curvey (2003-06) for Iowa State’s most career defensive touchdowns (three) … also recorded 12 tackles, 1.5 for loss, against the Tigers … also posted 12 tackles at Oklahoma … finished with 10 tackles against Texas A&M … posted sacks vs. Baylor and Kansas.

Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors … averaged 9.25 tackles per game, ranking him fifth in the Big 12 in that category … made 13 tackles against Oklahoma …had 10 stops against Kansas State and returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown … returned a pick 25 yards for a touchdown the following week against UNI to become the first Iowa Stater to return interceptions to the house in consecutive games since 1996 … led the Cyclones with 11 tackles, including one for a loss, at Iowa ... made auspicious performance in first career start, making 15 tackles, one for a 3-yard loss against Northern Illinois.

Played in every game as a true freshman ... finished season with 17 tackles ... also caused and recovered a fumble ... had four tackles at Nebraska.

High School
Sixth-ranked prospect in Wisconsin ... chose Iowa State over Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Wyoming ... 86th-rated outside linebacker ... high school team went 37-1 during his career ... led team to back-to-back Division II state championships in his final two seasons ... 121 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... career included 287 tackles, 17 sacks, two interceptions ... returned one interception for a touchdown ... five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... two-time FVA Conference Linebacker of the Year and FVA Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... WFCA first-team all-state as a senior ... Inside Wisconsin Sports magazine’s Defensive Player of the Year ... team captain as a junior and senior ... coached by Steve Jorgensen ... also lettered in track and field ... four-year member of the honor roll.

Born July 30, 1991 in Appleton, Wis. ... parents are Jean and Leonard Klein ... kinesiology – physical therapy major ... cousin Aron Klein played football at Iowa.

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