Plagued by a hip injury the last couple of seasons, it was reported on Tuesday that Iowa State linebacker Luke Knott’s football future may be peril.
Knott originally suffered the injury in 2013 as he was quickly becoming a defensive force as a redshirt freshman. After trying to play through the injury for a couple of weeks, he was eventually benched during the loss to Oklahoma State, and his season was cut short. He played in six games, including starting in five, and was the Cyclones third leading tackler with 45.
Knott returned to the field in 2014 after offseason surgery, and saw action in 12 games. He recorded 74 tackles on the season, but the hip injury continued to give him problems.
Listed as limited activity participant, Knott’s future is in doubt. He’s undergone additional surgery to help repair the injury, but his return is unclear.
“Everything is on the table right now,” coach Paul Rhoads said via the Ames Tribune “Could start in 2015, could never play football again. I think it’s all on the table.”
“Intelligent minds will give he and the family all the information and then we’ll start making decisions from there.”
Knott was going to meet with doctors on Tuesday to help evaluate his future. If he’s able to return he’s expected to start for the Cyclones. It’s tough to see a promising young career cut short, but he has to do what’s best for his future health.
“He’s battled injuries,” linebacker Levi Peters said. “I couldn’t feel worse for him, but at the same time, you have to have a positive attitude, and he’s got a positive attitude.”
– Cover Photo Credit: Iowa State’s Luke Knott Chases Baylor QB Bryce Petty – AP – Charlie Neibergall