Jake Knott

Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott walks off the field after winning a game against Baylor, Oct. 27 in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 35-21.

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He was the center of the Cyclones’ defense, easily their best player on that side of the ball. Now Jake Knott must sit on the sideline and watch as Iowa State tries to get to six wins and become bowl eligible.

Last week, Knott had shoulder surgery to repair a variety of different left shoulder injuries that he had sustained and had been playing through all season. Last season Knott sustained a torn labrum and several dislocated shoulders. Knott was injured again against Oklahoma State this season in what proved to be the culminating injury.

“He’s played through a lot of pain, which is a tribute to him,” Iowa Stead head coach Paul Rhoads said. “His toughness and his overall selfless desire to be a team player. It was never ever about Jake Knott, it was always about the Iowa State Cyclones.”

Knott was Rhoads’ first recruit in Ames and he turned out to be a valuable one. The outside linebacker from Waukee, Iowa, was a two-star recruit coming out of high school and ranked ninth in the state of Iowa according to Rivals.com.

Knott and fellow senior A.J. Klein are considered to be one of the best, if not the best, linebacker duo in the Big 12 conference. Knott is also the top tackler on the Cyclone defense with 79 total tackles and 55 solo tackles in just eight games. Knott also picked up two interceptions and a sack this season.

After an 11-tackle and one forced fumble performance against Baylor, Knott was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Last season, Knott dislocated his shoulder multiple times against Baylor. At one point he popped it back into place so that he could go back onto the field and continue playing. With the dislocated shoulder, he made 18 tackles against the Bears. Against Missouri, Knott also played through a broken finger.

Knott is no stranger to injury and has been willing to play through pain in order to help the Cyclones, but he decided to undergo the surgery in order to be 100-percent healthy for the NFL combine should he be invited.

In 2011, he finished as an Associated Press First-Team All-Big 12 honoree and a Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-American. Knott ranked third in the conference and 48th in the country with 115 tackles a year ago.

Knott finished his Iowa State career with 347 career tackles, eight interceptions, and 10 fumbles. His tackle count is good for the most in Iowa State school history, and fifth in Big 12 history.

After many seasons in the Big 12 cellar, the Cyclones were hoping to rise, but without his help on defense, Iowa State may struggle for that elusive sixth win.

Printed on Friday, November 9, 2012 as: Surgery sidelines Knott for season

Baylor wide receiver Lanear Sampson is tackled by Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield and linebacker Jake Knott (20) after making a reception during the first half of a game, Saturday, Oct. 27 in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 35-21.

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With college football heading into November, the race is heating up for the top spot. Oklahoma’s loss to Notre Dame last weekend leaves Kansas State the lone Big 12 team left to have a realistic shot at the national championship game. Let’s take a look at some of the conference notes heading into the weekend.

• Iowa State’s senior linebacker Jake Knott will miss the rest of the season after injuring his shoulder versus Oklahoma State. Knott is the leading tackler for the Cyclones this season, with 79 total tackles, and sixth all-time at ISU (347). Knott’s original surgery date was rescheduled back a week, allowing Knott to play one final game as a Cyclone. Without the help of painkillers, Knott tallied 11 tackles and a forced fumble as ISU defeated Baylor, 35-21.

• Oklahoma offensive lineman Austin Woods’ cancer is officially in remission after the junior finished chemotherapy early last month. Woods was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last spring.

• After suffering an injury in the second half versus Oklahoma State last weekend TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is healthy and will start against West Virginia on Saturday. Horned Frogs’ defensive end Stansly Maponga will start as well, after missing the past two games with a foot injury. Maponga has 12 tackles and a forced fumble this season.

• Is Oklahoma State sophomore Josh Stewart the next great Cowboys receiver? Stewart, who has been thrust into a bigger role in the offense after injuries to more veteran receivers, has not disappointed. The sophomore is the teams’ leading receiver with 48 catches for 574 yards and three touchdowns. Stewart also averages seven catches per game, which ranks him 18th in the nation in that respective category.

• After ranking in the top five in total defense to start the season, including holding offensive juggernaut, West Virginia to 14 points, Texas Tech has struggled stopping teams the past two weeks. The Red Raiders, despite overcoming TCU, gave up 53 points to the Horned Frogs a couple of weekends ago and a week later gave up 55 to Kansas State. To add insult to injury, the Wildcats scored on seven straight possessions. The Red Raiders have dropped to No. 12 in total defense giving up exactly 300 yards per game.

• Kansas running back, James Sims is on a rushing tear, surpassing the 100-yard mark in each of the past five games. With Baylor and the last ranked defense on the docket next, it looks like the streak will go to six. Sims rushed for 176 yards versus the Longhorns last weekend.

• Saturday will be the first matchup between the first-year Big 12 members, TCU and West Virginia. TCU boasts the 23rd ranked defense in the country, allowing 333 yards per game and surely will test the West Virginia offense, which has stalled out the past two games. Both teams are coming off two consecutive losses and after entering the season as two of the conference favorites, will be teeing off in the conference consolation bracket.