Lockett Nabs Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett was honored for his efforts in the return game last week against UTEP as he was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.


Lockett's designation was the third for the Wildcats this season and the second in as many weeks as Jake Waters earned the offensive honor following the Iowa State game (Sept. 8) and Dakorey Johnson was the defensive player of the week after the Auburn game (Sept. 22).

The honor was the sixth of Lockett's career and the Wildcats' Big 12-leading 27th weekly conference honor since the beginning of 2011.

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, native, Lockett collected 143 punt-return yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, and 256 all-purpose yards to lead K-State to a 58-28 win over the Miners. The 143 punt-return yards were the second-most in school history and 29 yards short of tying the school record of 172. His touchdown was the Wildcats' nation-leading 92nd non-offensive score since 1999 and his first career punt-return touchdown.

Lockett, who also tallied 84 receiving yards on four catches against UTEP, now has five special teams touchdowns in his career as he has return four kickoffs for scores.

No. 22 Kansas State hosts its first Big 12 contest of the season as the Wildcats welcome Texas Tech to Bill Snyder Family Stadium this Saturday. The game, which is sold out, serves as Fort Riley Day and kicks off at 6 p.m., on ESPNU. Fans wishing to buy tickets for the game can do so through 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.