Lockett Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett was named a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy - usually referred to as the "Academic Heisman" - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Thursday.

Lockett, one of 62 semifinalists from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), is the first K-State candidate for the award since Tysyn Hartman was a finalist in 2011. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation and hold requirements of candidates to be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

One of seven semifinalists from the Big 12, Lockett holds a 3.242 GPA in business management, which includes a 3.43 GPA for the 2013-14 academic year. He has earned numerous Big 12 Commissioner's Honors Roll accolades, while he was named an Academic All-Big 12 recipient during the 2013 season. Additionally, Lockett is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) through which he has completed numerous community service activities. He was named to the AFCA Good Works Team in 2013, while he is a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

On the field, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, product has turned into one of the top wide receivers and kick returners in school history. The 2013 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, Lockett has been an All-American each of this first three years at K-State and is on pace to break the school's career records in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He also owns the school record for career kickoff-return yardage and ranks in the top five in seven other career categories.

From all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, the NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients of a prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, which includes $18,000 scholarships that can be used for the honorees' postgraduate educations. This year's recipients will be announced October 30, and one will be declared the winner of the Campbell Trophy on December 9, during the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

No. 25 Kansas State hosts UTEP Saturday in an 11 a.m., contest at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The sold-out game will air nationally on FSN. Fans wishing to buy tickets can do so using Vivid Seats, a secondary market that partnered with K-State Athletics this season. To find tickets, fans can visit vividseats.com or call (844) 545-6702.