NOTES: Knott, Pollard and More

Iowa State has entered the final week of spring ball, and it did so with a surprise visit from Jamie Pollard at practice. That and more in this notebook.

Knott’s future uncertain after setback

While Iowa State searches for the perfect mix at linebacker as spring ball nears a close, one experienced candidate is now on the outside looking in.

Luke Knott, a redshirt junior with starting experience, has been sidelined with a recurring hip issue and is currently having his football future evaluated by doctors.

“I guess it's fair to say he's had a setback as far as [the hip] goes,” coach Paul Rhoads said Tuesday. “Intelligent minds will give he and the family all the information and then we'll start making decisions from there.”

Knott appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2013 before a left hip injury cut the season short. He missed the following spring workouts and had surgery during the offseason before returning to the field last season for the Cyclones.

Last season Knott appeared in all 12 games (starting eight), but was hampered near the end of the season by his left hip. Following the season, Knott had scarring on his hip cleaned up and was listed as a limited participant for spring practices.

Tuesday, multiple surgeons were set to discuss his options.

“I think everything is on the table right now,” Rhoads said. “He could start in 2015 [or he] could never play football again. I think it's all on the table.”

Iowa State should have a clearer picture on Knott’s options in the near future. The Cyclones have moved forward this spring at the weakside linebacker spot with Levi Peters, Brian Mills and Willie Harvey.

Pollard visits team during spring practice

Jamie Pollard could be found walking around the Jacobsen Athletic Building on Tuesday, nearly one month after the Iowa State athletics director underwent triple-bypass surgery following a heart attack.

Pollard was a surprise visitor to Iowa State’s spring practice at the Bergstrom Football Complex next door earlier in the morning.

“That was awesome,” Rhoads said. “When I looked over I was shocked to see him because I didn’t have any idea he was coming out. He actually didn’t know we were practicing, so he was just coming over to say hello. For him to be around the kids, I think is important. Your No. 1 leader showing strength like that, showing the importance of the work that they’re doing and what it means to him is very important to them.”

Pollard, 50, underwent heart surgery on March 11 after he suffered a heart attack while watching his daughters run at a track meet in Cedar Falls.

Senior associate athletics director David Harris was appointed to Pollard’s position during his absence, and no timetable has been set for his return. His visit Tuesday, however, provided a pleasant surprise and the team sang Pollard the fight song.

“Coach had us take a little timeout to see him,” linebacker Levi Peters said. “That was cool, I think he appreciated that.”

Limited participants won’t play Saturday

As was expected, Iowa State will tackle during Saturday’s scrimmage, meaning a number of limited participants will watch from the sidelines at Jack Trice Stadium.

Among the players who won’t to part in Saturday's spring game are receivers Quenton Bundrage, D’Vario Montgomery and Dondre Daley, running back Martinez Syria and linebacker Levi Peters.


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