Dec. 13, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Wide receiver Tyler Lockett and defensive back Ty Zimmerman were named Kansas State’s 2013 offensive and defensive MVPs, while Weston Hiebert and Tramaine Thompson took special teams MVP honors as the Wildcat football program held its annual awards ceremony Friday night at McCain Auditorium on the K-State campus.
A product of Tulsa, Okla., Lockett led the Big 12 during the regular season with 151.4 all-purpose yards per game, an astonishing 22.3 yards per game better than the player in second place. His average ranks 14th nationally and is a product of a 104.2 receiving yards-per-game average, which ranks second in the conference and 11th in the nation.
A three-time All-Big 12 pick, Lockett sits in the school's top 10 in six single-season receiving categories and four career receiving categories, while he produced the top two single-game receiving outputs in school history this season (278 vs. Oklahoma, 237 vs. Texas) and tied the school record with three receiving touchdowns on two occasions (West Virginia and Oklahoma). He also owns the school record for career kickoff-return yardage (1,760), and he ranks second in school history in career kickoff-return average (30.9) and touchdowns (4).
A two-time team captain, Zimmerman logged 69 tackles in 10 games in 2013 to go along with three tackles for loss and three interceptions. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns to lead the Big 12 and tie for second nationally in that department. He has 13 career interceptions to tie for third in school history, while his 221 career interception-return yards rank second.
Earlier this week, Zimmerman was named an All-Big 12 First Team performer by both the league's coaches and the Associated Press. His designations made him the first player in school history to garner four-straight all-conference accolades, while he is one of just four Big 12 defensive backs to earn four All-Big 12 honors with at least one of those being a first-team designation.
A starting safety since his freshman season in 2010, Zimmerman made 45 tackles, including three for losses, while he picked off a career-best five passes in just 10 games. His five interceptions lead the Big 12 and are tied for sixth nationally. The Junction City, Kan., product recorded an interception in four-straight games (Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia), the longest streak by a Wildcat since at least 1989. He improved his career interception total to 10, which ranks seventh in school history.
Hiebert and Thompson were honored on special teams for their play in 2013. Hiebert collected 10 tackles and blocked one kick on special teams, while Thompson helped the Wildcats to a No. 3 national ranking in punt returns with his 20.2 average.
Defensive end Ryan Mueller garnered Defensive Front Seven Player of the Year after a record season in 2013. He leads the Big 12 with 18.5 tackles for loss and is second in the league with a school-record tying 11.5 sacks. A former walk-on who has at least a half tackle for loss in every game this year, Mueller enters the postseason a half sack away from entering the Big 12's single-season top 10 and 1.5 away from appearing on the school's career top-10 list.
On the academic side, Academic All-Big 12 selection Stanton Weber received the program’s Scholar-Athlete award.
K-State will face Michigan in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 28. Kickoff is set for 9:15 p.m. CT at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Fans can order tickets in great locations through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or by phone at 1-800-221-CATS. Fans are strongly encouraged to order through K-State's official allotment to ensure that all Wildcat fans are seated in the official K-State sections of the stadium.
2013 K-State Football Team Awards
Overachiever Award (top freshman in strength and conditioning) – Will Geary (DL)
Red Raider Award (top contribution on scout squad) – Jesse Ertz (QB)
Scholar-Athlete Award – Stanton Weber (WR)
Purple Pride Award (walk-on displaying quality play, leadership and work ethic) – Dylan Schellenberg (DB)
Ken Ochs Courage Award – Boston Stiverson (OL)
Kevin Saunders (Never Give Up) Award – Daniel Sams (QB) and Tre Walker (LB)
Bob Cope Memorial Award – Stephen Johnson (WR)
Nancy Bennett Memorial Award (representing fight, spirit and positive nature) – Jonathan Truman (LB)
Anthony A. Bates Memorial Award (promoting team unity and unselfishness) Blake Slaughter (LB) and Taylor Godinet (DE)
Joan Friederich Award (representing team concept through unselfishness and commitment) – B.J. Finney (OL) and Cornelius Lucas (OL)
Jim "Shorty" Kleinau Award (representing loyalty, hard work and commitment) – Jake Waters (QB)
Most Improved Defense Player – Dante Barnett (DB) and Chaquil Reed (DL)
Most Improved Offensive Player – Curry Sexton (WR) and Tavon Rooks (OL)
Outstanding Offensive Lineman – B.J. Finney and Cody Whitehair
Defensive Front Seven Player of the Year – Ryan Mueller (DE)
Special Teams Player of the Year – Weston Hiebert and Tramaine Thompson
Most Valuable Player-Defense – Ty Zimmerman (DB)
Most Valuable Player-Offense – Tyler Lockett (WR)