Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett and defensive end Ryan Mueller added to their All-America honors Wednesday as both were named second team All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
(Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett runs after a catch for a touchdown against Oklahoma on Nov. 23 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Lockett had a school-record 278 receiving yards and three scores on 12 catches against the Sooners. Lockett, along with Ryan Mueller, was named a second-team All-American by the Football Writer’s Association of America on Wednesday).
The honor by the FWAA is the second for Lockett this season, as he was named an Honorable Mention All-America all-purpose player by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday. Mueller picked up his second second-team designation this year (CBSSports.com) and his third overall All-America honor after also being an honorable mention pick by Sports Illustrated.
A three-year All-American, Lockett enters the bowl season ranked 11th nationally and second in the Big 12 with 104.2 receiving yards per game, while he is 24th nationally and third in the conference with 6.5 receptions per game.
Lockett ranks in K-State’s single-season Top 10 for receptions (fourth — 71), yards (fourth — 1,146), touchdowns (ninth — 8) and 100-yard games (tied for second — 6). Additionally, his 151.4 all-purpose yards per game this season rank 14th nationally and is more than 22 yards per game better than any other Big 12 player.
Mueller, a former walk-on, exploded onto the scene in 2013 by registering a school-record tying 11.5 sacks and a Big 12-best 18.5 tackles for loss. He enters the postseason a half sack away from entering the Big 12’s single-season Top-10 list and 1.5 sacks from appearing on the school’s career Top-10 list with 14 career sacks.
The junior, who has four forced fumbles this season, is sixth nationally in sacks and 11th in tackles for loss.
The Wildcats will face Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec.r 28 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game is set for a 9:15 p.m. (CST) kickoff and will be televised nationally on ESPN.