Top talent sitting out the spring in Ames

Iowa State will be missing a familiar name when it begins spring practice on Tuesday.

Linebacker Jake Knott will miss the entire spring after having shoulder surgery this offseason. He'll recuperate this spring and be back in the fall.

The shoulder was banged up all season, and Knott played through pain for most of the year. He was expected to miss much of the spring, but the Cyclones will keep their three-year starter off the field until fall.

Knott made 114 tackles, including four for loss and two interceptions in 2011. He also forced three fumbles.

From Iowa State's release:

Knott fought through a shoulder injury throughout the season, magnifying his top-shelf performance level. He dislocated his shoulder twice during Iowa State’s game at Baylor last season. After the second time, he had [fellow linebacker A.J.] Klein squeeze it back into place on the field. His stat sheet in that game – 18 tackles, 12 solo stops.

Sophomore Jevohn Miller is expected to fill Knott's role this spring, along with reserve Matt Morton, a senior.

Cornerback Jeremy Reeves will be on the field this spring, but won't be going full contact alongside his teammates to protect his wrist, which was operated on after the season.

“We have a returning starter at corner in Jeremy Reeves, who is not going to be as active this spring as we would like as he comes off of surgery on his wrist," Rhoads said in the release."We are going to keep him really limited and protect what was done by the physicians this winter.

Senior defensive end Roosevelt Maggitt will also miss the spring with a knee injury.