Liberty Bowl: Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3)
Iowa State LB A.J. Klein
This game is a rematch between these two teams, as they played each other in week one, with Iowa State coming out on top 38-23. After that game, however, these two teams went in opposite directions; Tulsa ended up winning their next seven games and only lost two more games all year, while Iowa State’s season was mired in inconsistency, as the Cyclones went 3-6 after a 3-0 start. Offensive struggles haunted the Cyclones, and though the defense played well despite being without LB Jake Knott, LB A.J. Klein leads a defense that will have to shut down a Tulsa offense that scored 35 points per game.
Klein (6’2, 248 lbs.) is big, old school style linebacker who will likely be best served playing inside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive front in the NFL, as his strengths are in stuffing the run and being sound in his keys. This game against Tulsa will allow him to display his strengths against the run, seeing as Tulsa pre...