Knott, Osemele Both First-Team AP All-Big 12
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele and linebacker Jake Knott were selected to the first-team of the AP All-Big 12 squad announced Thursday. Linebacker A.J. Klein and cornerback Leonard Johnson were named to the second team.
Osemele, a senior from Houston, Texas, is a consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree by the league's writers and coaches. The offensive tackle is rated highly by many NFL scouts. He has started 43 straight games at Iowa State, the longest such streak on the team. Osemele has played in 49 Cyclone games.
Knott ranks second in the Big 12 in tackles with 107 stops this season. Knott, a junior from Waukee, had a career-high 18 tackles against Baylor. Knott has made two interceptions and broke up three passes while forcing three fumbles. Knott broke up a Oklahoma State pass that was instead intercepted by Terran Benton on the first play of the second overtime of Iowa State's 37-31 overtime win over No. 2 Oklahoma State. Knott had been a second-team All-Big 12 choice of the conference's coaches.
Leonard Johnson made the All-Big 12 second team of the conference's coaches and writers. Johnson has 243 career tackles in 49 Iowa State career games. He owns six career interceptions, has forced six fumbles and recovered eight. Johnson is a senior from Clearwater, Fla.
Junior A.J. Klein, voted the co-defensive performer of the year by the Big 12's coaches, has made 101 tackles this season. The Kimberly, Wis. native has a pair of sacks, five pass breakups and returned an interception 78 yards for a TD this season.
Earning honorable metion honors were defensive back Ter'Ran Benton, offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks and punter Kirby Van Der Kamp.