Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett was one of 55 players nationally to be named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list — presented to the nation’s best college receiver — the Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced Tuesday.
Lockett is a candidate for the award for a second straight season, as he was a midseason addition to the watch list a year ago.
The senior joins a list of five former K-State receivers who have been a candidate for the award, which include his father, Kevin, his uncle, Aaron, and current Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson.
The watch list honor is the third for Lockett this preseason, as he is also a candidate for the Maxwell Award, presented to the college player of the year, and the Paul Hornung Award, awarded to the most versatile player in major college football.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Lockett put together one of the best seasons by a receiver in school history a year ago when he hauled in 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns to rank in the top five in school history in each category. He set the school record for single-game receiving yardage with 237 at Texas before re-setting that mark with 278 against Oklahoma, which ranked as the fourth-most in Big 12 history.
A Second-Team All-American and the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013, Lockett enters the 2014 season ranked fourth in school history in career receptions and yardage, and fifth in touchdowns. He needs 75 receptions, 838 yards and nine touchdowns to break all three school records, which are held by his father, Kevin.
Semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award will be announced Nov. 17, while three finalists will be chosen Nov. 24. The winner of the award will be announced live on Dec. 11 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.