Three Wildcats named All-Americans

By The Mercury

Three Kansas State players — safety Ty Zimmerman, defensive end Ryan Mueller and wide receiver Tyler Lockett — each picked up All-America designations as the Associated Press, and Sports Illustrated announced their All-America teams Tuesday.

Zimmerman was named to the third team by the Associated Press and was an honorable mention selection by Sports Illustrated. Mueller earned second-team honors from and was an honorable mention pick by Sports Illustrated, while Lockett was an honorable mention all-purpose player by Sports Illustrated.

It was Zimmerman’s second and third All-America designations this season as he earned second-team honors from USA Today. The senior captain had 69 tackles and three interceptions in 10 games before suffering an ankle injury against TCU. Zimmerman, who is expected to be back for next week’s bowl game, is the first Wildcat safety to earn All-America honors in two different seasons.

A first-time All-America honoree, Mueller led the Big 12 during the regular season with 18.5 tackles for loss and tied the K-State single-season record with 11.5 sacks. A product of Leawood, the 2013 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year has logged at least a half tackle for loss in every game, while he sits a half sack away from entering the Big 12’s single-season Top 10 and 1.5 sacks from appearing on the school’s career Top-10 list. Mueller, Michael Kuhn (1970) and Darren Howard (1999) are the only K-State defensive ends to earn All-America.

Lockett has now earned All-America consideration each year of his career. The junior was named the 2013 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year as he led the conference in all-purpose yards at 151.4 yard per game, more than 22 yards per game better than the player in second place.

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