Tuesdays in Vanier | Lockett Legacy Continues to Grow
The senior from Tulsa, Oklahoma, already holds the record for career receiving yards - he broke that record with a 196-yard performance earlier this season in the Wildcats' game at TCU. Lockett's career total of 3,269 yards is more than his dad, Kevin Lockett, who had 3,032 yards from 1993-96.
Tyler holds the record for most receiving yards in a single game, too. As a matter of fact, on the K-State single game receiving yard chart, he is sitting in both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots after recording 278 yards against Oklahoma and 237 yards against Texas last season - the two best receiving yard games in K-State history.
And that's not all.
With 14 100-yard receiving games, Lockett is No. 1 on that chart, too.
However, there are a few records Lockett has yet to break.
"I know they say I need five catches and three touchdowns to beat him," Lockett said with a smile, referring to his father who owns the K-State record in career receptions (217) and touchdowns (26), "but I'm not going to worry about it too much because when I haven't worried about it, I've just gotten closer and closer. So if it happens, I'm pretty sure it will be a great experience, and if it doesn't, he can still talk about the one record he will still have over me."
The media surrounding him let out a laugh. Tyler is used to answering questions about his dad, and the media is used to asking them.
"I've always dealt with it ever since I was a little kid, so it's nothing new to me," he explained. "I went to the same middle school, same high school and same college as my dad, so I've pretty much just adapted to everything."
The uniqueness of the Lockett story, for both Kevin and Tyler, is something extraordinary - but it's not just the father-and-son duo who have topped the K-State charts.
Kevin's brother, Tyler's uncle, Aaron Lockett (1998-2001) is also among K-State's top-five receivers in both career yards (2,400) and receptions (143).
The K-State football record book - when it comes to catching the football - is simply filled with the name 'Lockett.'
"I haven't really been able to think about it too much," said Lockett about sharing the milestones with his family. "It will be an awesome experience talking with them and keeping it in the family, but records are meant to be broken. Somebody might come in and break my record years from now. It's just one of those things where you have to look at it as an accomplishment and be thankful to be a part of it."
While he might come from a long lineage of talented receivers, there is no doubt Lockett has worked hard, everyday, for every ounce of success he produces on the football field.
When asked about Lockett, head coach Bill Snyder always has the same response: you have to kick him off the football field or he'll be out catching the football all night long.
Lockett goes the extra mile; he does the extra reps to make sure that, come Saturday, he is always at his very best.
"His work ethic is very apparent, and anybody that's been in this program will tell you that," said senior offensive lineman B.J. Finney. "And it's rubbed off on other receivers, too. They're all out there and they're running extra routes, catching off the jugs, anything to do more reps and they're doing it. Tyler's at the forefront of that."
Added K-State quarterback Jake Waters, "I'm so lucky to have him as a teammate and be able to throw to him because, through all the success he's been having and how good he's been playing, he doesn't change; he's still the same person. He's still out there after practice catching balls, asking me to watch film and asking me to throw with him. Everything he gets, he deserves, and I'm just so lucky that he's on my side and catching passes from me."
By his side since day one, fellow senior wide receiver Curry Sexton and Lockett have been through a lot together and grown into one of the most dangerous receiver duos in Wildcat history. In K-State's last three games, Lockett and Sexton have combined for a total of 835 receiving yards.
"He's just gotten better and better every year because of the way he works," said Sexton. "It's been fun for me to watch him grow because he's such a good kid, and he really deserves it all. So, to see him break all these records, it's special to me because I've been able to be a part of it and watch him make it all happen. He deserves it more than anybody."
With three games left in a Wildcat uniform, Lockett is far from the end of his Wildcat career.
And will he finish as the best wide receiver in K-State history? Only time can tell.
But for now, he'll continue to work hard, continue to help his team and continue to catch the football - any chance he gets.
"I can't tell you who's the best or who isn't the best," concluded Tyler, humble as usual, "but to even be in that conversation, it says a lot. All I can do is be me. We've had a lot of great receivers come through, so to even be in that conversation and have people bring my name up, that's something I will cherish."