Player to Watch: Tyler Lockett

2 Sep

To all long-time Kansas State fans, this freshman’s last name is a familiar one. His dad, Kevin, is K-State’s all-time leading receiver, and his uncle, Aaron, is No. 4 on that list. However, Tyler has impressed people in practice all by himself and earned  as a No. 2 on the depth chart behind senior Sheldon Smith.

Quarterback Collin Klein said he had hardly seen Kevin and Aaron play before coming to Kansas State, but from what he did see, and what he has seen from Tyler so far, he draws a positive parallel.

“I’ve definitely seen them more since I’ve been here,” Klein said. “[They’re] very special individuals, and Tyler’s no different.”

Senior and two-time captain Emmanuel Lamur mentioned that Lockett is one of the offensive players who has stood out to him in practice. With the depth at the receiver position – Brodrick Smith, Tramaine Thompson, Chris Harper, Sheldon Smith, etc., surely it is a good sign that other players are taking notice of this freshman.

Head coach Bill Snyder, who usually likes for players to redshirt their first year, said Lockett may be seeing the field some this season.

“Because of his obvious genetics, you anticipated that he would be a good player, but indeed he has,” Snyder said. That never surprises me, but it’s been very pleasing in regards to how he’s performed. Oftentimes, you know he runs like his uncle and is catching the ball like his father, so I’ve really been pleased with what he’s done up to this point in time.”

 

 

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