Tyler Lockett, Mr. Kansas State
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Tyler Lockett is a gem. Players like Lockett are few and far between, with his receiving ability and kick return skills, Tyler’s versatility has gained comparison to former Mountaineer Tavon Austin, in a recent post about Lockett and his NFL future, Sports Illustrated compared him to Devin Hester.
Watching Lockett over the last 2-3, has put me in mind of another multipurpose threat from a previous generation, Raghib “Rocket” Ishmail from the late 1990’s Notre Dame Team. Both have similar builds, Lockett stands 5’11” 175 pounds, Ishmail was 5′ 11″ and weighed 180 pounds. Both were highly accoladed, Ishmail was a 1990 consensus All-American, while not an All-American, Lockett’s list of awards a recognition is long, twice on the Biletnikoff Watch list, 1st Team Walter Camp All-American as a kick returner (2011), last season he was Big 12 special teams player of the year, and honorable mention offensive player of the year.
In 202 career offensive touches, Raghib Ishmail gained 2,580 yards in addition to that he had 71 kick returns for 1,607 yards and 6 return touchdowns. So far in his career, Lockett has 203 receptions for 3,073 yards and also 93 returns for 2,401 yards and 5 return touchdowns.
The good news for the Mountaineers is this will be the last time they have to face Tyler Lockett, the bad news is he has torched the Mountaineers every time he has faced them. In two games against the Mountaineers Tyler Lockett has 17 receptions for 305 yards and 5 touchdown receptions, and 4 kick returns for 106 yards. Given the Mountaineers struggle against the kick return, Lockett poses a big problem. Tyler has a career average of 29.9 yards per kick return, that is the 2nd best career average in the history of the NCAA, and tops in Big-12 History.