16 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett has had two amazing seasons so far. Can he become even better? - USA TODAY Sports

In which BracketCat counts down the 16th day until kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Tyler Lockett.

Goal No. 16: RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for your own performance.
TylerLockett

#16 Tyler Lockett
True Junior
5-11 | 175
Tulsa, Okla.

Bio

Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Tyler Lockett (b. Sept. 28, 1992) is a quick and athletic all-purpose player who is a dynamic kickoff returner and a deep threat at wide receiver. He was on the preseason All-Big 12 team and is a Paul Hornung Award candidate.

Lockett enters his junior campaign with a 33.8-yard average and four kickoff return touchdowns, ranking second in school and Big 12 history in each category. He has been voted a team captain for the 2013 season.

His career kickoff-return yardage of 1,096 ranks fourth in school history, while he ranks fifth in school history with 106.7 all-purpose yards per game. His many accolades in 2011 and 2012 are too numerous to discuss here.

Lockett has been described as a combination of his father's uncanny pass-catching abilities, and his uncle's build, speed and shiftiness — and he actually might have exceeded the hype in 2011.

After all, the true freshman was named a first-team Walter Camp All-American as a kick returner after averaging 35.2 yards per kick return, which would have led the nation had he returned enough kickoffs to qualify nationally.

Lockett took kickoffs back for touchdowns in consecutive weeks at Texas Tech and at Kansas to become the first player in school history to accomplish the feat. He also caught 18 passes for 246 yards before his kidney injury.

After missing the final four games of that season and the subsequent season, Lockett bounced back in a big way.

He earned second-team All-Big 12 honors as an all-purpose player from the Associated Press, while he was an honorable mention selection at wide receiver by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press.

Lockett ranked fifth in school history in receptions (44) and yards (687) among sophomores.

He had a legendary night offensively at West Virginia, setting career marks in receptions (9), yards (194) and receiving touchdowns (2)... His 194 yards were the fifth-most in school history and the most by a sophomore.

Equally impressive was his game against Oklahoma State, in which he caught five passes for 75 yards while returning two kickoffs for 127 yards, including a 100-yard touchdown return that was the second of his career.

That's yet another thing he was the first to do at K-State. And who can forget his 55-yard touchdown catch against Texas that broke the Longhorns' will and locked up a Big 12 championship? What great things await in 2013?

P.S. Apparently, he's a poet, as well.

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