Kansas State University

Former K-State receiver Tyler Lockett chosen Big 12 male athlete of the year

K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett finished the 2014 season with five consecutive 100-yard receiving games.
K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett finished the 2014 season with five consecutive 100-yard receiving games. The Wichita Eagle

The last honor in Tyler Lockett’s well-decorated Kansas State football career was announced Monday — the best men’s athlete in the Big 12 Conference for 2014-15.

Lockett, who won All-America honors for his kick-and punt-return prowess, was a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the May NFL Draft.

Lockett becomes the second Wildcats football player in the last three years to be chosen as the top men’s athlete in the conference. Quarterback Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist, received the distinction in 2012-13.

The Big 12 award caps a senior year in which Lockett was chosen as the nation’s top return specialist (Johnny Rodgers Award) and led the nation in punt-return average (19.1 yards). He was third nationally in receiving yards (1,515) and all-purpose yards (2,296).

As a receiver, Lockett had eight 100-yard receiving game, tying a school record.

For his career, Lockett won All-Big 12 honors all four of his seasons and ended with 249 career catches for 3,710 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Lockett was the Big 12’s scholar-athlete of the year for football last season.

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