Lockett named to Walter Camp Award watch list

By The Mercury

Wrapping up a two-week span of honors, Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett was named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Award — the nation’s most outstanding player — the Walter Camp Foundation announced Friday.

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Lockett is a candidate for a fourth national award, as he is also on the watch lists for the Maxwell (college player of the year), Biletnikoff (best receiver) and Paul Hornung (most versatile player) awards.

On Wednesday, Lockett was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team as both a receiver and returner.

Lockett, who was also a 2011 Walter Camp All-American as a kick returner, is the fifth Wildcat in the last three years to be a candidate for the award. The 2012 season saw linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive back Nigel Malone be tabbed as candidates, while Collin Klein was a finalist for the award. Last year, running back John Hubert was a preseason candidate.

One of the nation’s top receivers and returners throughout his career, Lockett is coming off his best season in 2013 when he hauled in 81 passes for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns, while he returned 22 kickoffs for a 26.5-yard average. With one season remaining, he already ranks as one of the top WRs in school history as he is fourth in career receptions (143) and TDs (18), and fifth in yards (2,195).

Lockett, along with fellow co-captains Jake Waters, Ryan Mueller, B.J. Finney and Jonathan Truman, and head coach Bill Snyder, will take part in the Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday in downtown Dallas, Texas.

K-State opens the 2014 season on Aug. 30 when the Wildcats host Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium — beginning at 6:10 p.m. on K-StateHD.TV.

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