ISU Linebackers Rated High
June 1st, 2012 by Jim Field
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State linebacking duo of A.J. Klein and Jake Knott are part of the reason that the Cyclones’ linebackers are rated second nationally as a group by Lindy’s College Football Preview. Both were named as first-team All-Big 12 selections. Klein was voted second-team All-American.
“Arguably the two best linebackers in the Big 12 – and one of the most productive tandems in the nation – play in Ames. Senior A.J. Klein (116 tackles, 7.5 for loss) was the Big 12’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and senior Jake Knott (115 tackles, four forced fumbles) was also a first-team All-Big 12 pick.”
Klein is rated as the second-best inside linebacker nationally and Knott the seventh-best outside linebacker in the country.
LINDY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2012 PREVIEW
Top 10 Linebackers
- IOWA STATE
- Penn State
- Michigan State
Top Inside Linebackers
- Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, Sr.
- A.J. KLEIN, IOWA STATE, Sr.
- Chris Borland, Wisconsin, Jr.
- Arthur Brown, Kansas State, Sr.
- C.J. Mosley, Alabama, Jr.
- Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, Sr.
- Alec Ogletree, Georgia, Jr.
Top Outside Linebackers
- Jarvis Jones, Georgia, Sr.
- Gerald Hodges, Penn State, Sr.
- Chase Thomas, Sr. Stanford
- Khaseem Greene, Rutgers, Sr.
- Jonathan Brown, Illinois, Jr.
- Mike Mike Taylor, Wisconsin, Sr.
- JAKE KNOTT, Iowa State, Sr.