Dec. 10, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State landed four players, including Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Mueller, on the inaugural Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference team.
Joining Mueller as a first-team honoree were wide receiver Tyler Lockett and defensive back Ty Zimmerman, while offensive lineman Cody Whitehair was named to the second team.
The Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference team was voted on by either a play-by-play, color analyst or sideline reporter from one of the 10 Big 12 radio networks.
Mueller, who ranks second in the Big 12 with 11.5 sacks, tied the school record for single-season sacks, while he leads the league with 18.5 tackles for loss. The junior was named a First Team All-Big 12 honoree by the Associated Press.
A product of Tulsa, Okla., Lockett has tallied 1,146 receiving yards on 71 receptions to rank second and third in the Big 12, respectively. An Associated Press First Team All-Big 12 performer as both a receiver and all-purpose player, Lockett ranks fourth in school history but tops among juniors in both receiving yards and catches.
Zimmerman, who is a four-time All-Big 12 honoree after being named to the first team by the Associated Press on Monday, ranks third on the team with 69 tackles. The Junction City, Kan., product has three interceptions this season, including a Big 12-leading two he returned for touchdowns.
A 12-game starter at left guard, Whitehair has played in 25 career games with 24 starts. The sophomore was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the coaches last season.
The Big 12 coaches will reveal their all-conference honors and specialty awards on Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m. The specialty awards will be announced every 10 minutes on the conference's official Twitter handle, @Big12Conference, while the entirety of its All-Big 12 teams will be announced following the specialty awards.
K-State faces Michigan for the first time ever in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, December 28, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game kicks off at 9:15 p.m. (CT) and 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.