AMES - Five members of the Iowa State football squad were selected for recognition on the all-Big 12 Conference first or second team by either the league's coaches or The Associated Press, led by senior linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott gaining first-team honors on both.
The duo was joined on the coaches' first-team defensive unit by senior defensive lineman Jake McDonough, while strong safety Durrell Givens was a second-team pick on both squads. Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp was lauded by the coaches' second team.
Klein was a unanimous selection to the AP first team. He leads Iowa State with 98 tackles heading into the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl, and has 342 career stops. His four career interception returns for touchdown tie him for the NCAA record for linebackers.
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Iowa State linebackers Jake Knott (20) and A.J. Klein (47) team up to bring down Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein during the second half of their Big 12 Conference football game Oct. 13 in Ames. Knott and Klein were both named first-team all-Big 12.
Klein was a co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season and was an honorable mention pick for the award this year.
Knott made both first teams despite missing the last four games of the season with a career-ending shoulder injury. The Waukee native finished his career with 347 tackles, 18 for loss, with 15 pass breakups and eight interceptions.
McDonough made the coaches' first team with 31 tackles, two quarterback sacks and three pass breakups. He was an honorable mention pick by the AP and was also an honorable mention by the coaches for the Defensive Lineman of the Year award.
Givens, who leads the country in takeaways per game, was a second-team pick on both squads. He is second in the nation with six fumble recoveries and also has three interceptions.
Van Der Kamp has averaged 41.6 yards per punt with 28 stopping inside the opponents' 20-yard line and only two touchbacks. He was an honorable mention pick for the Special Teams Player of the Year award by the coaches.
Gaining all-Big 12 honorable mention from the coaches were offensive lineman Carter Bykowski, defensive end Roosevelt Maggitt, cornerback Jeremy Reeves and free safety Jacques Washington. The AP mentioned Bykowski, center Tom Farniok and tight end Ernst Brun.