The Kansas State Wildcats are going through plenty of turnover for the 2013 season as they attempt to defend their Big 12 title. As they break in the new faces on both sides of the ball, Bill Snyder will lean on his proven playmakers where he can find them. One of the key pieces to his offense next fall will have to be wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who proved just what he can do during K-State’s spring game.
Last season, Lockett was the most explosive option in the Wildcats’ passing game. He finished the year with 44 catches for 692 yards and four touchdowns and is the leading returning receiver on the team. His 15.73 yards per catch average was tops on the team and earned him All-American honors as a sophomore.
He will be looking to follow it up with a junior season to remember and got it started at the spring game. He led the aerial attack, catching nine passes for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’ll be asked to make those same kinds of big plays next fall to pace the K-State offense in 2013 and give the Cats’ attack some serious bite.
Lockett’s play hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates or coaches. Following the spring game, the junior wide receiver was named a team captain, indicative of the importance Lockett has to the fortunes of Kansas State next season. The speedy playmaking will be the difference for the Wildcats as they try and usher in the post-Collin Klein era in Manhattan.
Will Lockett’s big-play potential be enough to keep K-State on top of the Big 12 in 2013?