Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/11/13
Iowa State had the luxury of leaning on one of nation's best linebacker duos of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein for the past three years. Both are now in the NFL, and how the Cyclones fill their void may be crucial to their success in 2013. Iowa State has to replace a pair of first-team All-Big 12 performers from the same position group. Knott and Klein were the centerpiece of coordinator Wally Burnham's defense - and both were capable of game-changing plays. The Cyclones will instead rely on senior captain Jeremiah George, who was selected to the Butkus Award watch list, and juniors Jevohn Miller and Jared Brackens. ''It hasn't been seen in previous seasons. Bu I'm very excited about having Jared Brackens next to me and working with Jevohn Miller,'' George said Sunday during media day. ''It makes my job as a vocal leader a lot easier when you have people leading by example all around you.'' Listed at 5-foot-11 and 219 pounds, George doesn't have prototypical middle linebacker size. ...
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