Courtesy: Kansas State Athletics
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the seventh time in his career, including the second this season, Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in the return game at West Virginia, the conference office announced Monday.
Lockett, who was also the league’s special teams player of the week following the UTEP game, garnered the fifth designation for the Wildcats this season. In addition to Lockett’s two nods, Jake Waters earned the offensive honor following the Iowa State game, while Dakorey Johnson and Dante Barnett were the defensive players of the week after the Auburn and Texas games, respectively.
In addition, the honor was the Wildcats’ Big 12-leading 29th weekly conference honor since the beginning of 2011.
A product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lockett totaled 321 all-purpose yards, thanks to a pair of punt returns for 66 yards – including a 43-yard touchdown – three kickoff returns for 59 yards and 196 receiving yards on 10 catches. The nation’s leader with a 20.5-yard punt return average, Lockett’s touchdown return was his second of the year to rank second nationally and tied for third in school history.
Lockett now has 328 total punt return yards this season and 414 for his career to rank 10th in school history in both categories. Additionally, Lockett has 1,669 all-purpose yards this season to rank ninth in K-State history.
Lockett’s 196 receiving yards put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second-straight season, becoming just the second Wildcat ever to accomplish the feat. He improved his school career receiving yardage record to 3,269 and his school record for career 100-yard games to 14. With 213 career receptions, he is now four away from tying his father, Kevin, for the most in school history, while he is two touchdowns shy of tying that K-State career record as well.
No. 11 Kansas State hosts KU in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Saturday in a 3 p.m., contest at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Senior Day contest will be shown to a national audience on FOX Sports 1.