Lockett Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett is one of 10 finalists in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Tuesday.

Lockett's designation comes on the heels of another major off-the-field honor as he was named a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, generally referred to as the "Academic Heisman," last week. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility.

A product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lockett is the second Wildcat to be named a finalist for the award in the last three years, following quarterback Collin Klein in 2012. The Big 12 boasts the most finalists of any conference as Lockett is one of three from the league, joining TCU's Sam Carter and Kansas' JaCorey Shepherd.

Lockett has accumulated a 3.24 cumulative GPA in business management, thanks in part to a 3.43 GPA in the 2013-14 academic year. He earned Academic All-Big 12 honors a year ago, while he has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll on multiple occasions. He is on track to graduate this December.

A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Lockett has also been heavily involved throughout the community as 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.

On the field, Lockett will go down as one of the best wide receivers in school history as he broke the school's career receiving yardage record - which was held by his father, Kevin - last week at TCU, a mark that now stands at 3,073. He is also tied for second in career receiving touchdowns (24) and ranks third in catches (203), both records that are also held by the elder Lockett. A three-time All-American and All-Big 12 performer, Lockett was also named the 2013 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year as he holds the school's career kickoff-return yardage record at 2,033 yards with four touchdowns.

Nationwide fan voting for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote online at www.seniorclassaward.com through December 15. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

No. 13/13 Kansas State is idle this week prior to a Thursday-night contest at West Virginia on Nov. 20. The game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. (CT), will be shown to a national audience on FOX Sports 1.