For the second straight season, Kansas State senior receiver Tyler Lockett has been named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday.
The award, given to the most versatile player in major college football, is in its fifth year of existence and includes 47 players, including five from the Big 12, on the preseason watch list.
Lockett and Tramaine Thompson were preseason candidates for the award prior to the 2013 season, while former Wildcat running back Daniel Thomas was a candidate in its inaugural season of 2010.
As a junior, Lockett was one of the most dangerous players in the nation en route to Second -Team All-America honors as a receiver and honorable mention accolades as an all-purpose player.
The Tulsa, Okla., native had a Big 12-leading 154.92 all-purpose yards per game to rank 12th nationally a year ago, which included a conference-leading 105.2 receiving yards per game with 11 touchdowns and a 26.5-yard kickoff-return average.
Lockett’s 1,859 all-purpose yards last season were the fifth-most in school history, while his career total of 4,290 is second. He set the single-game school record with 440 all-purpose yards against Oklahoma, a mark that ranked as the fifth most in FBS history.
A team captain, Lockett finished the 2013 season second in school history with 1,262 receiving yards and fifth with 583 kickoff-return yards. He owns the school record with 1,834 career kickoff-return yards and sits 837 yards shy of the school’s career receiving yardage record.