Wildcats Place Six on AP All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Led by first-team members B.J. Finney and Tyler Lockett, Kansas State placed six players on the Associated Press All-Big 12 teams, the organization announced Monday.

In addition to Finney and Lockett, the Wildcats’ second-team members included offensive lineman Cody Whitehair, wide receiver Curry Sexton, defensive end Ryan Mueller and linebacker Jonathan Truman. Lockett was also named to the second team as an all-purpose player.

Finney, a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center, earned first-team honors from the AP for the first time in his career, while Lockett picked up first-team honors for a second-straight season.

Lockett, a product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, leads the Big 12 with 112.6 receiving yards per game and ranks second with 7.8 receptions per game. He also broke the three major career receiving records in K-State history during the 2014 season as he now has 236 catches for 3,546 yards and 27 touchdowns. He enters the bowl season on fire as he has recorded four-straight 100-yard receiving games, including at Baylor when he hauled in 14 receptions to finish one shy of the school’s single-game record.

A dynamic returner, Lockett leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally in all-purpose yards (170.6 yards per game) and is third nationally with a 19.0-yard punt return average with two touchdowns.

A 12-game starter at left tackle, Whitehair earned honors from the Associated Press for the first time in his career as the Abilene, Kansas, native was a second-team honoree by the league’s coaches last season.

Another Abilene product, Sexton also earned All-Big 12 accolades for the first time. He finished the regular season fourth in the conference in receptions per game (5.8) and seventh in receiving yards per game (79.6). Sexton has 69 receptions for 955 yards and five touchdowns during his senior campaign after entering the season with a three-year career total of 50 catches for 564 yards and one touchdown.

Mueller, a first-team honoree in 2013, finished the regular season with 33 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He pushed his career sack total to 19.5, which ranks seventh in school history.

A first-time All-Big 12 performer, Truman leads the Wildcats and ranks third in the Big 12 with 114 tackles, a mark that ranks 27th nationally. He also ranks 12th nationally and third in the Big 12 with 74 unassisted stops. His career tackle total now stands at 245 as he is five stops shy of becoming the 26th player in school history with 250 or more career tackles.

The coaches' All-Big 12 teams will be announced on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m., as the conference will announce the specialty awards every 10 minutes on its official Twitter handle, @Big12Conference. The entirety of its All-Big 12 teams will be announced following the specialty awards.

No. 11 Kansas State faces 14th-ranked UCLA in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game, which kicks off at 5:45 p.m., will be televised nationally on ESPN. Fans can order tickets through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or by phone at 1-800-221-CATS. Fans are strongly encouraged to order through K-State's official allotment to ensure that all Wildcat fans are seated in the official K-State sections of the stadium.

The K-State Alumni Association will also provide official travel packages to the bowl game. Visit the Alumni Association's official bowl travel page - www.k-statesportstours.com - for travel package information.