K-State’s Tyler Lockett earns All-American nod

Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) catches a Jake Waters pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 48-14. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Tyler Lockett was named a Consensus All-American as a kick returner/all-purpose player, the NCAA has announced.

Lockett picked up the 11th Consensus All-America designation in school history and the first since wide receiver Jordy Nelson in 2007. He was one of four from the Big 12 on this year’s list, joining Baylor offensive lineman Spencer Drango, Texas defensive lineman Malcolm Brown and TCU linebacker Paul Dawson.

A product of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lockett led the nation with a 19.1-yard punt return average, while he ranked third nationally in total receiving yards (1,515) and all-purpose yards per game (176.6). He led the Big 12 in all three categories, including the latter by more than 25 yards per game.

Lockett’s 2,296 all-purpose yards in 2014 ranked second in school history to Darren Sproles (2003), while he also finished second to Sproles with 6,586 in his 47-game career. The school’s career record holder for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, Lockett finished second in school history to Nelson in single-season catches (106) and receiving yards.

In 2014, Lockett was named a First Team All-American as an all-purpose player by the American Football Coaches Association, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBSSports.com and FOX Sports, a First Team All-America punt return by Athlon and the Football Writers Association of America, a second-team wide receiver by Athlon and USA Today, a second-team punt returner by CBSSports.com and a second-team all-purpose player by the Associated Press.

Lockett is now in an exclusive group in K-State history that have earned Consensus All-America honors, joining Gary Spani (LB, 1977), Sean Snyder (P, 1992), Jaime Mendez (FS, 1993), Chris Canty (CB, 1995 and 1996), Martin Gramatica (PK, 1997), David Allen (PR, 1998), Mark Simoneau (LB, 1999), Terence Newman (CB, 2002) and Nelson.

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