After missing most of the 2014 preseason, Knott stepped up to play in all 13 games, starting in eight contests, including the first six. Despite being limited by a high-ankle sprain sustained in the game versus Georgia, he returned to the starting lineup at Texas A&M and remained there for the rest of the season, making nine starts in all. Named to the Rimington Award watch list.
While injury has been a recurring theme in Alan Knott's collegiate playing career, recovering from those injuries to perform on the field for the South Carolina Gamecocks had dominated the conversation. Adversity thrust him into the starting role two years ago, and he embraced that opportunity to perform. He's been improving ever since, and just recently was named as both the Most Improved Offensive Lineman and the Joe Morrison Offensive Player for the spring season. With so many question marks lingering over the Gamecocks' team coming into the season, the one thing it seems like they can count on is Alan Knott.
Knott is from Tyrone, Georgia. Tyrone is named for County Tyrone in Ireland. That's neat! Tyrone, Georgia is also the hometown of Andrew Gardner, Kedric Golston, and Calvin Johnson...who are all quite good at football.