Lockett Receives Fourth Annual Jet Award

That was the gist of Tyler Lockett's message on Wednesday afternoon after he was awarded the 2014 Johnny "Jet" Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award presented to him by 1972 Heisman Trophy winner and National College Football Hall of Famer, Johnny Rodgers himself.
Lockett became only the fourth returner to receive "The Jet Award" as it was established in 2011. According to the award's bio, it is given to college football's most outstanding return specialist who "must also show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline."
And with his nation-leading 19.1-yard punt return average during the 2014 season and strong character off the field, Lockett fits that definition - to a T.
"What I appreciate about this young man is that he excels in so many different ways," said K-State head coach Bill Snyder at the award luncheon this week. "He's a young guy that, after practice, I'd go in, the lights would still be on and there'd be one guy out there on the JUGS machine. It was Tyler. Then it's 30 minutes later, and he's still out there. Here's a guy with All-American status - most young guys like that you probably wouldn't find out there once the other guys have gone.
"What I also appreciate so much is through all the successes that he has had, and the successes that will have in the future, they haven't and will not dampen the value system that he possesses."
It's no secret that Lockett was a star on the field. He finished his Wildcat career with 17 school records and became the program's first four-time All-American. 
 
"In 22 years working in intercollegiate athletics, I've been really, really lucky to work with some really remarkable young people. I was lucky to be at Wake Forest with Tim Duncan and with Peyton Manning and Kara Lawson at Tennessee," said K-State Athletics Director John Currie. "I was with Collin Klein and Petra Niedermayerova here at K-State, and this guy right here, Tyler Lockett, is in that esteemed group. He was not only extremely skilled on the field, but took incredible care of himself off the field and worked hard all the time.
"Coach (William) Reed and Mr. Rodgers," Currie continued as he turned and looked at the Jet Award representatives who were seated directly across the table from Lockett, "you guys have chosen one of the most remarkable people I've been around in my career."
With that statement, both Reed (Rodgers' former high school coach) and Rodgers smiled and nodded. 
So when it as Rogers' turn to step to the podium and give Lockett the award, his comments were simple, yet powerful.
"Tyler Lockett, by the power invested in me, I'd like to name you as this year's recipient of the 2014 Jet Award winner, and by doing that, I recognize you as the baddest man on the planet!" Rodgers announced.
With that, all those in attendance gave Lockett - the baddest man on the planet and the best return specialist in the country - a round of applause. 
"It's an amazing feeling," said Lockett in an interview after the event. "Not too many people get this opportunity. To receive an award like this, it's really big. Not many people can say they were selected as the No. 1 returner in the nation in college football, so it's something that I'm going to cherish. It's going to stick with me and I'm going to use it as motivation in the NFL."
An awards ceremony for the 2014 Jet Award will take place next Thursday (April 2), in Omaha, Nebraska. Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin of Ohio State will be the keynote speaker.
Wondering what Tyler Lockett has been up to lately? Stay tuned to K-State Sports Extra as Kelly McHugh caught up with Lockett to talk football and life as he continues to train for the NFL Draft.
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