Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Lockett back at KSU eyeing dad's records
By Brandon Chatmon
There's not much more Tyler Lockett can accomplish at Kansas State.
Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett is determined not to coast during his senior campaign.
The Big 12's most versatile receiver has won a Big 12 title, earned all-conference honors at receiver and returner and held his own against future NFL cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Justin Gilbert.
Lockett heads into his senior season with 143 receptions for 2,195 yards and 18 touchdowns along with a 31.1-yard kick return average and four kick returns for touchdowns during his first three seasons. But he's thinking more about what he can do in the future than what he has done in the past while wearing a Kansas State Wildcats uniform.
"If you feel like you've arrived, feel you're that guy, you have to have a reality check," Lockett said. "How did I get here? I got here by my faith, I got here by my hard work, so stay true to those things, don't lose sight of the stuff that was there as you were making your way up, like family, when family has been there the whole time."
Even though it's unlikely he would have been a Day 1 selection, he could have considered making the jump to the NFL after his junior season. Yet the Tulsa, Oklahoma, native didn't think twice about returning to K-State.
"I felt like God still had more [at Kansas State] for me," Lockett said. "I wanted to graduate, I want to beat my dad's record, I have the chance to pass everything I know to the other receivers and be able to work on certain things to get ready for the next step."
Kevin Lockett sits atop K-State's record book in career receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns with 217 receptions for 3,032 yards and 26 scores while playing for Bill Snyder in the mid-1990s. Heading into the 2014 season, Tyler needs 74 receptions for 837 receiving yards and eight touchdowns to pass his father in those categories.
Even though he's already secured a reputation as one of college football's top receivers, Lockett talks of his continued hunger to excel this fall regardless of the opponent. He understands opponents will be looking to make a name for themselves against him, much like he did against more well-known names during his first few seasons.
"I look forward to every game," he said. "Because if you sleep on a team, that could be the one person that destroys your confidence. Every game means a lot to me because if I don't show up, I'm going to get embarrassed."
Lockett hasn't been embarrassed often during his Wildcats career. In fact it's been opponents who wished their friends and family hadn't been watching when facing Lockett. As a junior, he destroyed Texas with 13 receptions for 237 yards and did the same to Oklahoma with 12 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns. The 2013 campaign was his breakout season at receiver, with 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing KSU's game against Baylor and the majority of the Wildcats' loss to Oklahoma State.
But according to Lockett, he's accomplished nothing.
"I look at this year and I haven't done anything yet," Lockett said. "Everything hasn't all clicked [at one time], one year it's receiver, one year it's special teams, let's put it all together. Let's do something nobody expects to happen."