Lockett Earns Nod on Walter Camp List

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Wrapping up a two-week span of honors, Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett was named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Award as the nation’s most outstanding player, the Walter Camp Foundation announced Friday.

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lockett is a candidate for a fourth national award as he is also on the watch lists for the Maxwell (college player of the year), Biletnikoff (outstanding college receiver) and Paul Hornung (most versatile player) awards. On Wednesday, Lockett was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team as both a wide receiver and kick returner.

Lockett, who was also a 2011 Walter Camp All-American as a kick returner, is the fifth Wildcat in the last three years to be a candidate for the award. The 2012 season saw linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive back Nigel Malone be tabbed as candidates, while Collin Klein was a finalist for the award. Last year, running back John Hubert was a preseason candidate.

One of the nation’s top wide receivers and kick returners throughout his entire career, Lockett is coming off perhaps his best season in 2013 when he hauled in 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns, while he returned 22 kickoffs for a 26.5-yard average. With one season remaining, he already ranks as one of the top receivers in school history as he is fourth in career receptions (143) and touchdowns (18), and fifth in yards (2,195). He needs 75 receptions, 838 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior campaign to break all three school records.

Lockett, along with fellow co-captains Jake Waters, Ryan Mueller, B.J. Finney and Jonathan Truman, and head coach Bill Snyder, will take part in the 2014 Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, Texas. Complete media day coverage will be available at both www.k-statesports.com and www.big12sports.com, as well as the official K-State Athletics Twitter handle, @kstatesports.

K-State begins the 2014 season on August 30, when the Wildcats take on Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game, which kicks off at 6:10 p.m., serves as the sixth-annual K-State Family Reunion and will be broadcast world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.

Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are sold out, while only a small number of scattered singles remain for the Texas Tech (Oct. 4), Texas (Oct. 25) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 1) contests. Standing-room only tickets are available for games against Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas.

Visiting teams will also have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.kstatesports.com for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase. Fans can now join the 2015 waiting list online or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting www.k-statesports.com/tickets.

Wildcats on Preseason Watch Lists
Jack Cantele – Lou Groza Award
B.J. Finney – Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
Tyler Lockett – Maxwell Award, Paul Hornung Award, Biletnikoff Award, Walter Camp Award
Ryan Mueller – Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
Jake Waters – Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award
Cody Whitehair – Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award