Tyler Lockett was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 28, 1992. A wide receiver for the Kansas State Wildcats, he also serves as a specialist kickoff returner. Lockett holds numerous school records and was a consensus All-American in 2011.
As a youngster, Lockett attended Booker T. Washington High School in his hometown, where he won 5A State Football Championships in both 2008 and 2010. The first of those championship wins came in his sophomore year and the second came as a senior, with the team achieving a 13-1 record over the course of his senior season. Throughout his high school career, Lockett played in multiple positions, but it was as a wide receiver that he was named Class 5A All-State. In addition to his football career, he also earned a State Championship in basketball.
Having received a scholarship from Kansas State University, Lockett had initially wished to redshirt in 2011, but ended up receiving playing time as a true freshman. After a reasonable start, Lockett's performances improved from the middle of October and despite missing the final three games of the season, he was voted as the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. Prior to the injury, he had been the nation's leader in average yards per kickoff return and received consensus All-American honors as a return specialist.
During his sophomore season, Lockett put in a notable performance against West Virginia, in which he registered nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns; the best totals of his career at that stage. At the end of the season, he was an All-Big 12 honorable mention as a wide receiver and on special teams and Sports Illustrated listed him as an honorable mention All-American as a return specialist.
In 2013, Lockett went on to establish a number of different school records. Against Oklahoma, he set a new Kansas State single-game receiving yards record, with 278 yards, and his total of 440 all-purpose yards was also a school record. By the end of the season, he had set a new K-State career kickoff return yards record and was named as a second team All-American wide receiver by the FWAA. At the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Lockett was credited with 116 receiving yards from 10 catches and was able to score 3 touchdowns, setting a record for receptions by a wide receiver in that particular bowl game.
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