Life without Jake Knott isn't off to a very good start at Iowa State. Knott is out for the rest of the regular season following Monday's shoulder surgery. All he could do was watch Saturday as the Iowa State defense gave up nearly 600 yards of offense in a 35-20 loss to Oklahoma.
While he wasn't able to play, Jake didn't let the injury stop him from helping his team. He spent the entire game on the sidelines with a headset coaching his teammates.
"He was doing a great job of leading out there" said head coach Paul Rhoads.
Despite the struggles on defense Rhoads believes his team responded well to the loss of Knott against an explosive Oklahoma attack.
"I think the guys stepped up" said Rhoads. "We understood it was time to move on."
LB Jeremiah George stepped in and finished with a career high 17 tackles, 8 better than his previous best.
"Jeremiah played a great game. He really stepped up to the plate" said senior LB AJ Klein.
"It was a little different not having him but I mean it wasn't a factor in the game I don't think."