The Iowa State Cyclones have three big matchups in their final month of the season when they face the likes of Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they will be without their leading tackler Jake Knott for the remainder of the season. Knott was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season and awarded Big 12 Player of the Week honors twice this season.
The linebacker underwent surgery on Monday, per Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads.
It is a big time loss for the Cyclones defense. Not only was Knott the leading tackler for the team, but he also led the Big 12 in tackles with 79 — six of those tackles were made for a loss. He added two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Knott is no stranger to shoulder surgery. This offseason, Knott needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Rhoads would not give many details on Knott’s current injury other than to say he is done for the year. He was originally injured during Iowa State’s loss to Oklahoma State.
There is still a slight chance Knott could return for a bowl game.
Knott is considered a draftable linebacker by NFL draft experts. Hopefully he will be healthy enough to fully participate in offseason workouts and put his skills on display for the NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine.