The following is a press release sent out by Iowa State athletic communications.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott have been named to the Bednarik Award Watch List. The honor annually recognizes the top defensive player in college football.
Klein and Knott blossomed into greatness at Iowa State. It was difficult for the league’s coaches and writers to choose between the two Cyclones for Big 12 postseason honors in 2011. Klein earned Big 12 Conference Co-Defender-of-the-Year honors from the league’s coaches. Knott was a first-team All-Big 12 honoree. Neither honor was a surprise. Klein ranked second in the conference with 116 tackles. Knott was third with 115 stops.