Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett celebrates after his 3rd TD against Michigan, during the 2nd quarter of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (Kstatesports.com) Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett was one of 55 players nationally to be named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, presented to the nation's outstanding college receiver, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced Tuesday.
Lockett is a candidate for the award for a second-straight season as he was a midseason addition to the watch list a year ago. He joins a list of five former K-State greats who have been a candidate for the award, which include his father, Kevin (1994-95 candidate and 1996 semifinalist), his uncle, Aaron (1999-2000 candidate), and current Green Bay Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson (2006 candidate and 2007 finalist).
The watch list honor is the third for Lockett this preseason as he is also a candidate for the Maxwell Award, presented to the college player of the year, and the Paul Hornung Award, awarded to the most versatile player in major college football.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lockett put together one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in school history a year ago when he hauled in 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns to rank in the top five in school history in each category. He set the school record for single-game receiving yardage with 237 at Texas before resetting that mark with 278 against Oklahoma, which ranked as the fourth-most in Big 12 history.
A Second Team All-American and the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013, Lockett enters the 2014 season ranked fourth in school history in career receptions and yardage, and fifth in touchdowns. He needs 75 receptions, 838 yards and nine touchdowns to break all three school records, which are held by his father, Kevin.
Semifinalists for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award will be announced on November 17, while three finalists will be chosen on November 24. The winner of the award will be announced live on December 11 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
K-State opens its 119th season of football on August 30, against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the sixth-annual K-State Family Reunion. The contest, which kicks off at 6:10 p.m., will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.
Season tickets for the 2014 campaign sold out on June 5, while only a small number of scattered singles remain for games against Texas Tech (Oct. 4), Texas (Oct. 25) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 1). Standing-room only tickets are available for the Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas contests.
Visiting teams will also have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.kstatesports.com for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase. Fans can now join the 2015 waiting list online or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting www.k-statesports.com/tickets.
Wildcats on Preseason Watch Lists
Jack Cantele - Lou Groza Award
B.J. Finney - Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
Tyler Lockett - Maxwell Award, Paul Hornung Award, Biletnikoff Award
Ryan Mueller - Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award
Jake Waters - Maxwell Award
Cody Whitehair - Outland Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award