Lockett Named NFF National Scholar Athlete

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett is one of 16 finalists among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA for The National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Award and prestigious 2014 Campbell Trophy, the NFF & College Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

Lockett is one of just nine players from FBS schools to be named a finalist from a list of 169 semifinalists and the lone student-athlete from the Big 12. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, product is also just the fifth Wildcat in school history to be named a finalist and the first since Tysyn Hartman in 2011.

"It is truly an honor to become a finalist for this prestigious award," said Lockett. "I would like to thank the support staff at Kansas State and my coaches for allowing me to be in this position, and most importantly, I would like to thank God and my entire family for instilling in me the drive and values that it takes to be successful in the classroom, on the field and in life."

By being named a finalist, Lockett will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 9, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. One of the 16 finalists will be announced as the 25th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.

"We are proud of Tyler and salute his accomplishments in the classroom and on the field," said Athletics Director John Currie. "He set a goal for himself several semesters ago to strive to be a candidate for this award, so seeing it come to fruition is extra special. The National Football Foundation's decision to recognize Tyler as one of 16 national finalists for its most prestigious award is a perfect example of what we are striving for when we talk about K-State's vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program with a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience."

"We are extremely proud to announce this year's National Scholar-Athlete Class," added NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "These young men have an unrelenting commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives, and they represent all that is right in college football. The members serve as living examples of our mission of building leaders through football, and they create an exceptionally worthy pool of candidates for the Campbell Trophy."

Lockett, who has accumulated a 3.24 cumulative GPA in business management which was buoyed by a 3.43 GPA in the 2013-14 academic year, is an Academic All-Big 12 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll scholar. He is scheduled to graduate this December.

Lockett is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) through which he has visited retirement centers, participated in Cats in the Classroom reading to students or helping teachers with classroom activities, Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and assisted with elementary school carnivals. He was also named to the AFCA Good Works team in 2013 and a 2014 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

On the field, Lockett will go down in the record book as one of the best wide receivers in school history. He currently ranks in the top three in school history in catches (186), receiving yards (2,783) and receiving touchdowns (22) and is closing in on all three records currently held by his father, Kevin. Lockett is a three-time All-American and All-Big 12 performer who was also named the 2013 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.