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BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Cody Hawkins of the Colorado Buffaloes scrambles and is tackled by Jake Knott and Leonard Johnson of the Iowa State Cyclones at Folsom Field on November 13, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado defeated Iowa State 34-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Iowa State's program has come to be defined by the fiery, passionate persona of coach Paul Rhoads. The on-field identity of the Cyclones has been forged by seniors Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, a pair of once-overlooked linebackers who've blossomed into one of the top defensive duos in the country. The Cyclones are off to their second straight 3-0 start behind a defense that's been better than most expected. They're 13th in the nation in scoring defense at 10.7 points allowed per game and they haven't allowed a touchdown in two weeks - a feat that hasn't been pulled off at Iowa State since the mid-60s. The performance of Iowa State's defense so far has solidified Knott and Klein's reputation as like-minded program changers. ''Coach Rhoads has been preaching since Day 1 about changing the culture. To be a part of that and to be the foundation of that is huge,'' Knott said. It's hard to imagine where Iowa State's once-porous defense would be without Knott and Klein. Rhoads promised...
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