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    Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    He has had a year to take things in (something Jake didn't without redshirting) and develop. He is somewhat new to the linebacker position having switched from defensive back, and if the roster list tells me correctly, he has put on about 15 pounds since arriving in Ames. (listed at 6'0 216)

    Jake told CW that he was impressed with Luke, and you have to think that he is the game film worm and hard worker that Jake was. If he develops like Jake did in his 2nd season with George leading the way and the development of Brackens/Miller/White/Seeley, our LB's have a chance to be very good.

    Now obviously its tough to expect Luke to be what Jake was and that would put a lot of pressure on him, but i don't think its too far out of the question.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    I expect him to be more like Jake was his freshman year this year.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I expect him to be more like Jake was his freshman year this year.
    This is more my expectation as well. Lets just face it, Luke has some pretty big shoes to fill there and odds are that Luke or anybody for that matter, will have a pretty tough time filling them. However, just because the odds are against him doesn't mean it can't be done. And if anything, the Knott family tends to know how to prove oddsmakers wrong.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    I just hope he contributes but wont put the expectation of Jake on his shoulders. It's not fair.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    I just hope he contributes but wont put the expectation of Jake on his shoulders. It's not fair.
    I very much agree. Luke can be a great player in his own right, even if he never attains the level of his brother.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by State43 View Post
    I just hope he contributes but wont put the expectation of Jake on his shoulders. It's not fair.
    I absolutely agree with you. I wasn't trying to start this thread to say i expect him to be that good. I know that wouldn't be fair. He can be a great player regardless. I just think he can be really good this coming year. Better than Jake's rookie campaign (not Soph) IMO.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    The potential is there, but its also there for all of his teammates to make a name for themselves too. Jake and AJ were special and I think players really look up to those two.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by scyclonekid View Post
    The potential is there, but its also there for all of his teammates to make a name for themselves too. Jake and AJ were special and I think players really look up to those two.
    Also agree with this. Other LB's have great examples to follow.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheJackWePack5 View Post
    Also agree with this. Other LB's have great examples to follow.
    Damn right!!:)



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Not even close. But he doesn't need to be the kind of player Jake was as a sophomore...and as a non-starter, his role will be very different. What he needs to do is fill a role. This defense is going to play a very different style than last year's, with an emphasis on speed and...hopefully...pressure. Luke needs to be able to come in and play smart, tackle well and provide solid coverage on RB's and TE's. Nothing spectacular necessary. Next year may be a different story, but as a freshman he just needs to use his head and play fast while limiting mistakes. That's not easy, but he seems to have the smarts and pedigree to pull it off.


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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Jake also came in 42 pounds heavier than Luke, according to their rivals profiles. I think switching positions and putting on weight probably set Luke's progress back a little from Jake's.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    Jake also came in 42 pounds heavier than Luke, according to their rivals profiles. I think switching positions and putting on weight probably set Luke's progress back a little from Jake's.
    I was just going to say this as well. Jake is a bigger player height and weight. I just hope Luke turns out to be a good player. I don't expect him to be as good as his brother. That being said I would be willing to bet that Luke will work his tail off like his brother did and wring out every ounce of talent in his body like his brother did.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    From watching him in high school, I can tell you Luke has football smarts, is a gamer, a leader on the field, and has enough speed to surprise you. Someone said there will be an emphasis on speed in this defense, it makes more sense that LK has moved to LB.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    216 pounds isn't big enough for linebacker. He should be playing safety or maybe the nickle/backer hybrid that Burnham likes to use. Nothing against him, just an indicator that our depth isn't quite up to where it needs to be yet.



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    Re: Will Luke Knott be what Jake was in year two?

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONEing around View Post
    216 pounds isn't big enough for linebacker. He should be playing safety or maybe the nickle/backer hybrid that Burnham likes to use. Nothing against him, just an indicator that our depth isn't quite up to where it needs to be yet.

    In the day of the zone read and spread offenses, 216 lbs that can run is plenty big enough.



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