“Is he related to … ?”

10 Aug

This season, there are several familiar surnames on the Wildcat roster – those of current NFL players, those of former K-State stars, and those that denote family players on the 2011 team. Here’s a snapshot of who will have the big expectations in coming years:

Tyler Lockett – Those who have followed Kansas State football across the years will recognize this freshman’s last name instantly. His father is Kevin Lockett, who is the team’s all-time leading receiver with 217 catches for 3,032 yards. His uncle, Aaron, is No. 4 on that list. Tyler comes to the Wildcats as a wide receiver, just like his famous predecessors. However, he played offense and defense at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and led his team to a 13-1 record and 5A state championship in his senior year. For his efforts – which included 42 passes for 765 yards and 13 touchdowns as well as 54 tackles and 6 interceptions – he was named First Team All-State by the Tulsa World. While receivers coach Michael Smith has had good things to say about this freshman, he may not see much playing time right away because of the depth at his position.

Ian Seau – Anyone who has watched professional football in the past 15 years knows this last name. Ian’s uncle, Junior, was a 12-time Pro Bowler at linebacker. Ian comes in to the Wildcat program at a defensive end. In his career at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California, he amassed 89 tackles, 18 sacks and 4 blocked kicks. As much as the Wildcats’ defense has struggled in the past couple years, Ian may get to contribute quickly.

Marquel Bryant – Another incoming defensive end is a cousin to an NFL receiver who tore up Big 12 stadium fields during his time in college: Dez Bryant, who is now with the Dallas Cowboys. Marquel is another player who could help bulk up the Wildcats’ defense.

Kyle Klein – The brother of Collin Klein, a junior at Kansas State and the favorite to the win the starting quarterback position, played multiple positions in high school. While he competed at safety, tight end and quarterback in his hometown of Loveland, Colorado, he is currently listed as a defensive end for the Wildcats. He was a First Team All-State 4A selection as a senior, when he caught 47 passes for 853 yards and 13 touchdowns as a tight end and made 113 tackles and five interceptions as a safety. He was also a team captain for two years.


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