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Lockett National Scholar-Athlete

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A day after returning from New York where he was recognized as a National Scholar-Athlete, Kansas State record-setting senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett was named the 2014 Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league's head coaches on Thursday.

Lockett, who has accumulated a 3.24 cumulative GPA in business management which was buoyed by a 3.43 GPA in the 2013-14 academic year, is an Academic All-Big 12 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll scholar. He is scheduled to graduate on Saturday.

He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) through which he has visited retirement centers, participated in Cats in the Classroom reading to students or helping teachers with classroom activities, Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and assisted with elementary school carnivals. He was also named to the AFCA Good Works team in 2013 and a 2014 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

On the field, Lockett will go down in the record book as arguably the best wide receiver in school history. The 2014 All-American candidate currently holds K-State career records for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games. He is already a three-time All-American and four-time All-Big 12 performer who was also named the 2013 and 2014 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.

The Big 12 Conference established the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards in 2012-13. A Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named in each of the conference's sponsored sports. Each Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a vote of the league's head coaches for each sport.

Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 60 percent of the team's scheduled contests and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

Kansas State will participate in the 18th bowl in school history, including the 16th under head coach Bill Snyder, on January 2, as the 11th-ranked Wildcats face No. 14 UCLA in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The game, which takes place in the Alamodome, will kick off at 5:45 p.m., and be televised nationally on ESPN.