Kansas State Wildcats receiver Tyler Lockett is not large in stature. He doesn’t have a big frame to shield defenders from the ball. He isn’t a boisterous player trying to garner all the attention. Instead, he lets his play do the talking for him.
Lockett followed up a solid sophomore season with a spectacular junior campaign in 2013. He finished with 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns. He did all of this while Kansas State tried to solve its quarterback problems. Not bad for a guy who’s just 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds.
Once coach Bill Snyder settled on Jake Waters as his quarterback, Lockett’s numbers took off. He had seven 100-yard receiving games. Against the Texas Longhorns, Lockett hauled in a season-high 13 passes for 237 yards. He torched the TCU Horned Frogs for 123 yards on eight catches. Lockett closed the season strong with 12 catches for 278 yards and three scores against the Oklahoma Sooners and 10 grabs totaling 116 yards and three touchdowns against the Michigan Wolverines in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors at wide receiver as well as the conference’s player of the year on special teams for his kick return abilities.
Waters and Lockett have had another offseason to work on timing. Snyder’s decision to name Waters the starting quarterback this spring helps settle any uncertainty that may have carried over from 2013 when Waters split time with Daniel Sams. This is Waters’ team, and he has the arm to get the ball to Lockett.
The Wildcats will need this duo to pay dividends this season as the rest of the receiving corps is unsettled. Sams was moved to wide receiver this spring but has decided to transfer instead. Curry Sexton is the only returning receiver besides Lockett to have more than five receptions last season.
In other words, it’s looking like Lockett is in line for an even bigger senior season.
The Kansas State Wildcats will open their season against the Stephen F. Austin Jacks at the Bill Snyder Family FB Stadium in Kansas on August 30. The Kansas State football schedule features games against Oklahoma Sooners on October 18, the Texas Longhorns on October 25, the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 20 and a final scheduled game against the Baylor Bears on December 6.