Lockett Finds Success On and Off the Field
The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native was one of only 16 finalists among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA for the prestigious 2014 Campbell Trophy, and, as a National Scholar Athlete, received an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the awards dinner.
"It's truly an honor to be here," said Lockett at the NFF Press Conference on Dec. 9. "I greatly appreciate being nominated for this award, to be a finalist, to be able to represent Kansas State, not only in athletics but also in academics as well. This says a lot... It means so much just because the one thing I've learned growing up is education is something that never can be taken away from you, and that's one of the things that I'm going to greatly appreciate."
On the field, Lockett has become the greatest wide receiver in K-State history as he holds all three major career receiver records, while off the field he gives back to the community and excels in the classroom.
Lockett is a three-year member of K-State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) where he serves as a voice for the K-State football team and, along with his fellow SAAC representatives, helps set up community service events for K-State student-athletes. He has visited retirement centers, helped out local teachers in their elementary school classrooms and, each year around the holidays, participates in Adopt-A-Family.
This coming Saturday (Dec. 13), Lockett will graduate from K-State with a degree in business management after accumulating a 3.24 cumulative GPA.
For his humanitarian efforts, Lockett was named to the AFCA Good Works team and is a 2014 candidate for the Senior Class Award. His in-the-classroom accolades include Academic All-Big 12 and Big 12 Commissioner's honor roll recognitions. On the football field, Lockett was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big 12 player by both the league's coaches and Associated Press. Lockett earned two Big 12 Player of the Week honors this season - bringing his career total to seven - and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award.
Although the Campbell Award Trophy was awarded to Duke linebacker David Helton, there is no doubt Lockett has displayed anything less than excellence during his four years at Kansas State.
"All I can do is look back and just say, 'Wow,'" said Lockett when asked about following his dad, Kevin (1993-96) and uncle, Aaron (1998-01) to Kansas State. "I've looked back at the process ever since I went to K-State, and honestly, it wasn't always easy. It was hard. My dad went there. My uncle went there. It was a huge legacy that I had to live up to.
"The way that I was able to just deal with the emotions and everything that came with it was, I just cast all my cares upon God and I have family members who came with me and have supported me through everything."
With one game left in his Wildcat career, Lockett is ready to lead K-State into the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl. Taking place on Jan. 2, at 5:45 p.m., in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, No. 11 K-State will face No. 14 UCLA - the Alamo Bowl's first-ever top-15 matchup - in the Wildcats' fifth consecutive bowl appearance.
Tickets for the Valero Alamo Bowl are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket office. K-Staters are offered some of the best seats in the Alamodome and can click here for purchasing options or can call 1-800-221-CATS.