Nine Wildcats earn honors from Phil Steele

By The Mercury

Nine Kansas State football players — including All-America selections Tyler Lockett, Ryan Mueller and Ty Zimmerman — earned postseason honors from Phil Steele on Friday.

Lockett and Mueller each earned Second-Team All-America accolades and Zimmerman was named to the fourth team, while all three picked up First-Team All-Big 12 honors.

Additionally, Lockett was named a Third Team All-Big 12 kick returner.

Offensive linemen B.J. Finney (first team), Cody Whitehair (second team) and Cornelius Lucas (third team) were named to the All-Big 12 teams.

Running back John Hubert, linebacker Blake Slaughter and quarterback Jake Waters were also named third team all-conference players.

Lockett, one of the best all-around players in the nation, picked up his third All-America honor this postseason. The Tulsa, Okla., product ranks 11th nationally in all-purpose yards at 151.4 yards per game, which includes 104.2 receiving yards per game.

Mueller, who was also named an All-American for the third time in 2013, ranks sixth nationally with a school-record tying 11.5 sacks, while he is 11th in tackles for loss with 18.5, a mark that leads the Big 12..

A product of Junction City, Zimmerman picked up his fourth All-America accolade after logging 69 tackles — including three for loss — and tallying three interceptions. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns.

Five of the other six players are multiple All-Big 12 honorees with the exception of Waters, who earned all-conference honors for the first time.

K-State prepares to take on Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 28 at 9:15 (CST) from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Fans can order tickets through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at or by phone at 1-800-221-CATS.

Fans are strongly encouraged to order through K-State’s official allotment to ensure that all Wildcat fans are seated in the official K-State sections of the stadium.

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