June 6, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett, defensive end Ryan Mueller and offensive lineman B.J. Finney each garnered preseason accolades as several national publications have released their preseason All-America teams.
Lockett, a senior from Tulsa, Okla., was named to the first team by Sporting News and USA Today Sports as a wide receiver, while Athlon put Lockett on its first team as an all-purpose player. Lindy's and Phil Steele each placed Lockett on the second team as a wide receiver.
Mueller also earned second-team honors from Phil Steele and was placed on the third team by Athlon, while both publications selected Finney for the third team.
On the brink of becoming K-State's record holder in all three major receiving categories, Lockett hauled in 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013 as he sits 75 receptions, 838 yards and nine touchdowns shy of holding those school career records. He is also one of the best all-purpose players in the nation, ranking 12th nationally in 2013 with 154.92 all-purpose yards per game. The average was given a late-season boost by totaling 440 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma, a mark that ranked as the fifth most in FBS history.
Lockett was a second team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2013 to go along with honorable mention accolades from Sports Illustrated.
A product of Leawood, Kan., Mueller tied the school's single-season record with 11.5 sacks in 2013 to go along with 18.5 tackles for loss. The senior, who is 1.5 sacks away from entering the school's career top-10 list, earned 2013 second team All-America by the FWAA.
Finney, a native of Andale, Kan., has started each of his 39 career games, including the previous 38 at center. A three-time Rimington Trophy candidate and All-Big 12 performer, the senior was a freshman All-American in 2011 by Rivals.
Kansas State opens the 2014 campaign on Saturday, August 30, with a 6:10 p.m., tilt with Stephen F. Austin, a contest that will be shown globally on K-StateHD.TV. K-State Athletics officials announced Thursday that season tickets for the 2014 season are sold out, and information regarding single-game tickets will be released on Tuesday, June 10.