Co-captain (2011 and 2012) ... Phil Steele?s College Football Preview 2012 first-team All-Big 12 ... 2012 Lindy?s first-team All-Big 12 ... 2012 Athlon Sports first-team All-Big 12 ... USA Today first-team All-Big 12 ... 2011 first-team All-Big 12 (AP) ... 2011 second-team All-Big 12 (coaches) ... 2011 honorable mention All-American (Sports Illustrated) ... 2010 Second-team All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches) ... 2010 Honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches) ... Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 27, 2010) ... 2010 Al and Dean Knudson Award Recipient (Team?s outstanding defensive player) ... First-team Academic All-Big 12 (2010, 2011) ... Big 12 Commissioner?s Honor Roll (F09, S10, F10) ... Scholar Athlete (2011).
Knott missed the final four games of the season after career-ending shoulder surgery. Playing despite the injury, Knott made a huge impact in his final collegiate game against Baylor. The Waukee native had 11 tackles, broke up a pass and forced his 10th career fumble at the goal line in a 35-21 Iowa State victory. He finished his career with 347 tackles, 18 for loss, while breaking up 15 passes and making eight interceptions. Knott was a first-team honoree on the AP team last season. He was selected for second-team honors as a sophomore by AP and on the coaches.
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.
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.