Three Wildcats Earn All-America Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Headlined by wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett, three Kansas State players have captured All-America honors from various outlets as organizations have announced their teams over the past week.

 
Lockett, who was named a Walter Camp Second Team All-American last week, has been named a first-team all-purpose player by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com. He was also named a first-team punt returner by Athlon and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). His second-team designations include Athlon and USA Today (wide receiver), CBSSports.com (punt returner) and the Associated Press (all-purpose).
 
Center B.J. Finney was a second-team selection by USA Today, a third-team honoree by Athlon and an honorable mention pick by Sports Illustrated. Place kicker Matthew McCrane was also an honorable mention selection by Sports Illustrated and named to the USA Today Freshman All-America team.
 
Lockett, a two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, is the first player in school history to earn All-America nods in each of his four years at K-State. He led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally by averaging 170.6 all-purpose yards per game, 112.6 of which came on the receiving end. The school's all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Lockett has carded seven 100-yard receiving games this season, including a current four-game streak.
 
The 2014 Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year, Finney earned All-America honors for the first time in his career. The Andale, Kansas, product has started all 51 games in his Wildcat career, including the last 50 at center. A finalist for the 2014 Rimington Trophy, Finney teamed with Lockett to become the second and third players in school history to earn all-conference honors all four years after helping the Wildcat offense enter the bowl season ranked in the top 25 nationally in 10 categories.
 
McCrane, a redshirt freshman, took over place kicking duties in the fourth game of the year and ended the regular season connecting on 16-of-17 attempts, including all 10 from 30 yards or longer. His 94.1-percent conversion rate ranks second nationally and in school history, while his 16 field goals rank ninth in K-State history. He also made both of his field goals from 50 yards or longer, becoming the first Wildcat freshman kicker to connect on at least two in a season.
 
No. 11 K-State faces 14th-ranked UCLA in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl on Friday, January 2, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game kicks off at 5:45 p.m., and will be televised nationally by 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.

Kansas State's All-Americans
B.J. Finney: Second Team (USA Today), Third Team (Athlon), Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated)
Tyler Lockett: First Team [all-purpose] (American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBSSports.com, FOX Sports), First Team [punt return] (Athlon, FWAA), Second Team [wide receiver] (Athlon, USA Today), Second Team [punt return] (CBSSports.com), Second Team [all-purpose] (Associated Press)
Matthew McCrane: Honorable Mention (Sports Illustrated), Freshman All-America (USA Today)