Following his third career kickoff-return touchdown last week against North Texas, Kansas State kick returner Tyler Lockett has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
It was the Wildcats’ second honor in as many weeks as Collin Klein picked up the offensive award following his performance against Miami. Since last year, K-State has a Big 12-leading 11 league player-of-the-week honors, including three by Lockett. The Tulsa, Okla., product was also named the special teams player of the week following the Kansas and Oklahoma State contests last season.
Last Saturday, Lockett answered a touchdown by the Mean Green with a 96-yard return for a score on the ensuing kickoff, which propelled the Wildcats to a 35-21 victory. The return for a touchdown was the third in Lockett’s career as he is now in sole possession of second place in the K-State record book and is two away from tying Brandon Banks’ record of five (2008-09).
The sophomore also ranks second nationally among active players in career kickoff return touchdowns. He finished the night with 119 yards on two kickoff returns, while he also caught one pass for six yards. Lockett was joined by Texas quarterback David Ash (offensive) and TCU linebacker Joel Hasley (defensive) in earning weekly honors from the Big 12.
No. 13 Kansas State (3-0) hits the road for the first time in 2012 and opens Big 12 play at No. 5 Oklahoma (2-0) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. The game, which kicks off at 6:50 p.m., will be shown to a national audience as FOX College Football’s Game of the Week with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Julie Alexandria on the call. Additionally, the game will be shown by FOX Deportes, FOX’s Spanish-language channel, while fans can also hear the action on the K-State Sports Network.