MANHATTAN (TNS) — Tyler Lockett is an All-American for the second time in his Kansas State football career.
Lockett, a senior wide receiver and kick returner, was announced Wednesday as a first-team All-American as an all-purpose player by the American Football Coaches Association, one of five lists used by the NCAA to determine consensus and unanimous status. As a freshman, Lockett was chosen to the first team as a kick returner by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Lockett was one of the Big 12’s top playmakers this season, catching 93 passes for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns. With the big year, he passed his father, Kevin, in the K-State record book and holds every significant career receiving record in program history.
He also had 679 yards and two touchdowns as a returner.
The Big 12 honored Lockett as a first-team all-conference receiver and as special teams player of the year for the second consecutive season. He was a second-team All-American selection by The Associated Press.
Kansas State picked up a commitment from Evan Curl, a two-star offensive tackle from Flower Mound, Texas, on Tuesday. He is the 15th known member of the Wildcats’ 2015 recruiting class.
Curl chose K-State over a host of other schools, including Iowa State, BYU, UTEP and Tulsa. He announced his commitment on Twitter.
Reggie Walker, a linebacker from Ponchatoula, La., recently gave a verbal commitment to K-State, telling Bill Snyder’s staff that he wanted to play for the Wildcats on Monday night.
K-State also landed a commitment from an in-state football player Tuesday when Kyle Ball, a defensive end from Shawnee Mission East, chose the Wildcats over interest from Kansas, Air Force and South Dakota.
Ball announced his decision on Twitter, saying he accepted a greyshirt scholarship, meaning he will delay enrolling at K-State for a semester and arrive on campus as a member of the 2016 recruiting class.
Bowl ticket sales
KSU buys 10K tickets for Alamo Bowl but allotment not sold out
Kansas State has sold approximately 10,000 tickets to the Alamo Bowl.
That number will guarantee the No. 11 Wildcats a strong following in San Antonio for their Jan. 2 game against No. 14 UCLA, but it is still short of their full ticket allotment of 12,000.
“We continue to have some sales each day,” said Scott Garrett, K-State associate athletic director for ticketing and fan strategies, “and will be selling all the way through the game, including at the alumni pep rally on Jan. 1.
“I don’t know that we will end up using the full official allotment, but we will definitely be well represented in San Antonio and are pleased with the response from K-State fans.”
Tickets remain on sale at K-State’s athletic website for $120 in the lower levels of the Alamodome and $75 in the upper levels. The venue holds roughly 66,000, and has a history for filling up for this bowl game. More than 65,000 fans have attended the past three Alamo Bowls. A good crowd is once again expected for this year’s game, which is the lone postseason matchup of top 15 teams outside the playoff-affiliated bowls.
K-State ticket sales will need to increase for it to sell its full allotment. But sales are up significantly from a year ago, when K-State sold roughly 6,000 tickets of an 11,000 allotment to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Last week, K-State students showed enthusiasm for the game by camping out at Bramlage Coliseum to purchase Alamo Bowl tickets.
A larger number of K-State fans showed up for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last year, buying tickets directly from the bowl game or on the secondary market. The Wildcats are once again expecting a larger group of traveling supporters than their ticket sales indicate, as some will opt to purchase Alamo Bowl tickets elsewhere. They are available on the Alamo Bowl’s website for as low as $25.
In past years, K-State sold its entire ticket allotments for the Fiesta Bowl and Cotton Bowl on pre-orders, and requested extra tickets to the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Wildcats traditionally travel well to postseason games. The Alamo Bowl won’t be any different.
“It should be a great environment,” Garrett said, “with lots of purple.”