K-State Places League-High Five on Preseason All-Big 12 Team
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State placed a Big 12-high five football players on the 2013 Preseason All-Big 12 team as voted on by media representatives who cover the league, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Kick returner Tyler Lockett was named to the preseason team for the second-straight season, while running back John Hubert, offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas, defensive back Ty Zimmerman and punt returner Tramaine Thompson were first-time honorees. The five Wildcats on the Preseason All-Big 12 squad are the most by K-State since at least 2002.
A product of Tulsa, Okla., Lockett finished the 2012 season ranked third nationally with a 32.3-yard kickoff return average and a pair of touchdowns. His career average of 33.8 yards is tops among active players, while he ranks second in both Big 12 and Kansas State history with four career kickoff-return touchdowns.
Hubert, who is also a preseason candidate for the Maxwell Award, ranked fourth in the Big 12 in rushing at 72.8 yard per game last season, while he was third in rushing touchdowns with 15. A two-year starter at running back, the Waco, Texas, product earned All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2012 from the league’s coaches and enters his senior campaign just 15 yards shy of K-State’s career top-10 for rushing yardage.
Lucas, a senior from New Orleans, La., had a breakout season in 2012 when he started all 13 games at left tackle en route to All-Big 12 First Team honors from the league’s coaches and second-team accolades from the Associated Press.
A preseason candidate for the Bednarik and Thorpe awards as well as the Nagurski and Lott IMPACT trophies, Zimmerman has turned into one of the most dominant defensive backs in the Big 12. An All-Big 12 performer each of his first three seasons, Zimmerman also earned All-America accolades following the 2012 season in which he registered 50 tackles and picked off five passes. The Junction City, Kan., native enters his senior campaign in a tie for seventh place in interceptions with 10, while his 146 career interception return yards rank eighth.
Thompson led the nation a year ago with a 19.75-yard punt return average, over three yards per return better than the player in second. He opened the 2012 campaign with a 89-yard punt return touchdown against Missouri State, the longest by a Wildcat in five seasons and the fourth-longest nationally last year.
Kansas State will take part in the 2013 Big 12 Football Media Days on Monday, July 22, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, Texas. Representing K-State along with head coach Bill Snyder will be Lockett, Zimmerman, center B.J. Finney and linebacker Tre Walker. Complete media day coverage will be available at both www.k-statesports.com and www.big12sports.com.
K-State opens its doors to the new West Stadium Center and kicks off the 2013 season by welcoming two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State in a special Friday-night contest on August 30. The contest is slated for a 7:30 p.m., kickoff and will be televised by nationally by FOX Sports 1.
Season tickets for the upcoming season in addition to single-game tickets for the 2013 opener and the Iowa State contest on November 2 are sold out. Only scattered singles remain for the other six home games, and fans can purchase those tickets to online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or in person at the K-State Athletics ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.
Big 12 release:
The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2013 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team and individual awards, chosen by media representatives who cover the league.
Individual selections include running back Lache Seastrunk (Baylor) as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, defensive lineman Devonte Fields (TCU) as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and running back Charles Sims (West Virginia) as Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
Seastrunk burst on the national scene over the final six games of 2012 when he averaged 138.5 yards during that span. He totaled 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns for the season while earning Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and Holiday Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player. The junior enters 2013 on a four-game streak of 100-yard rushing games.
Fields is the only unanimous selection on the media preseason team as he appeared on every ballot at the defensive line position. The 6-4 sophomore was last season's Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and an All-Big 12 First Team pick after posting 53 tackles, including 34 solo stops. He had 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Fields was named to numerous 2012 freshman All-America teams.
Sims transferred to West Virginia from Houston and will play as a graduate student this fall. He compiled 851 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground last year and caught 37 passes for 337 yards with three more scores. He was an all-conference first team pick in 2011 and second team in 2012.
The media Preseason Big 12 Poll will be released on Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Dallas on July 22-23. Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews with a variety of guests, will be featured both days on the Big 12 Digital Network, including Big12Sports.com.
2013 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Josh Stewart Oklahoma State 5-10 185 Jr/2L Denton, Texas
TE Jace Amaro % Texas Tech 6-5 257 Jr/2L San Antonio, Texas
OL Cyril Richardson ^# Baylor 6-5 335 Sr/3L Fort Worth, Texas
OL Cornelius Lucas # Kansas State 6-9 328 Sr/2L New Orleans, La.
C Gabe Ikard ^# Oklahoma 6-4 295 Sr/3L Oklahoma City, Okla.
OL Trey Hopkins # Texas 6-4 300 Sr/3L Galena Park, Texas
OL Le'Raven Clark Texas Tech 6-5 303 So/1L Rockdale, Texas
WR Eric Ward Texas Tech 6-0 204 Sr/3L Wichita Falls, Texas
QB Casey Pachall TCU 6-5 230 Sr/3L Brownwood, Texas
RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor 5-10 210 Jr/1L Temple, Texas
RB John Hubert # Kansas State 5-7 191 Sr/2L Waco, Texas
PK Jaden Oberkrom TCU 6-3 187 So/1L Arlington, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett ^ Kansas State 5-11 175 Jr/2L Tulsa, Okla.
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Devonte Fields !# TCU 6-4 240 So/1L Arlington, Texas
DL Calvin Barnett # Oklahoma State 6-2 300 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
DL Jackson Jeffcoat ^ Texas 6-5 245 Sr/3L Plano, Texas
DL Kerry Hyder % Texas Tech 6-2 281 Sr/3L Austin, Texas
LB Bryce Hager % Baylor 6-2 235 Jr/2L Austin, Texas
LB Jordan Hicks Texas 6-2 235 Jr/2L Cincinnati, Ohio
LB Shaun Lewis Oklahoma State 5-11 225 Sr/3L Missouri City, Texas
DB Ty Zimmerman # Kansas State 6-1 204 Sr/2L Junction City, Kan.
DB Jason Verrett # TCU 5-10 176 Sr/2L Fairfield, Calif.
DB Aaron Colvin # Oklahoma 6-0 181 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
DB Quandre Diggs Texas 5-10 200 Jr/2L Angleton, Texas
P Kirby Van Der Kamp % Iowa State 6-4 211 Sr/3L West Des Moines, Iowa
PR Tramaine Thompson Kansas State 5-8 167 Sr/2L Jenks, Okla.
! Unanimous Selection
^ 2012 Preseason Team
# 2012 All-Big 12 First Team selection
% 2012 All-Big 12 Second Team selection