Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett won the Big 12 coaches’ special teams player of the year award Wednesday for the second straight season, joining four other Wildcats on the All-Big 12 first team. Three Kansas players made the coaches’ first team.
Lockett, who also was an All-Big 12 first-team pick at wide receiver by The Associated Press, was chosen to the coaches’ first-team as a receiver and kick returner. Center B.J. Finney also made the first team and was chosen co-offensive lineman of the year with Baylor’s Spencer Drango.
Fullback Glenn Gronkowski, defensive end Ryan Mueller and defensive back Randall Evans were the Wildcats’ other first-team picks by the coaches. Quarterback Jake Waters, wide receiver Curry Sexton, offensive lineman Cody Whitehair, linebacker Jonathan Truman and defensive backs Dante Barnett and Danzel McDaniel were second-team picks.
Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney and punter Trevor Pardula added All-Big 12 first-team coaches’ honors to their AP selections and cornerback JaCorey Shepherd was also chosen to the coaches’ first team. Tight end Jimmay Mundine was a second-team pick.