Knott started off his sophomore season as somewhat of an unknown, a sophomore who made 23 tackles and broke up a pass as a true freshman. He ended it as one of the Big 12's top defensive players.
Knott signed with Iowa State after finishing first-team All-State by The Des Moines Register, showing talent both as a linebacker and as a wide receiver, where he caught 37 passes for 844 yards and five touchdowns.
But there wasn't any doubt where he'd be playing for the Cyclones. He played in every game as a freshman, then stepped into the starting lineup seamlessly as a sophomore. He had double-digit stops in eight of the Cyclones' 12 games, finishing with 130 on the year. But his biggest value was as a turnover machine, with Knott intercepting a team-high four passes and forcing a team-high four fumbles.
Those numbers helped the 6-foot-2, 243-pound Knott earn some mention as the league's defensive player of the year, and he finished second-team All-Big 12 according to both the Associated Press and the Coaches.
Now, he'll resume that same chase as a junior, with his chances of postseason honors likely resting on whether he can continue to churn out turnovers at the same rate for a team that will need them to compete with a more stacked Big 12 schedule.
2010 Stats: 130 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, one recovered fumble, five passes broken up