5 Kansas State Wildcats to Watch This Week Against Auburn

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Sep 6, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) runs for a first down against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Kansas State beat Iowa State 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

#16 Tyler Lockett, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Senior, Wide Receiver

Lockett is one of two surefire All-American candidates on the K-State roster. In fact, Lockett was named a second team All-American last season by the FWAA.

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As a junior in 2013, Lockett had 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns, which ranked second in program history in terms of single-season receiving yards. He had seven 100-yard performances and two 200-yard games and on three separate occasions caught three touchdown passes.

If the last name sounds familiar, particularly when it comes to Kansas State, it should. Tyler Lockett needs to end the season with 75 receptions, 838 receiving yards and nine TDs to break the school’s career marks in each category, which are held by his father Kevin.

The younger Lockett has not only been a top-notch wide receiver at K-State, he has excelled as a kick returner as well. The coaches in the Big 12 named Lockett the Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013 and he has already set a school record for kick return yardage. In his first three seasons in Manhattan, Lockett took four kickoffs to the house.

The smallish senior receiver is off to a great start in 2014. He caught only one pass in the first game of the season, but exploded in Week 2 against Iowa State for 136 yards on six receptions, including one that went 57 yards.