Dec. 20, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Nine Kansas State football players - including All-America selections Tyler Lockett, Ryan Mueller and Ty Zimmerman - earned postseason honors from Phil Steele, the publication announced Friday.
Lockett and Mueller each earned Second Team All-America accolades and Zimmerman was named to the fourth team, while all three picked up First Team All-Big 12 honors. Additionally, Lockett was named a Third Team All-Big 12 kick returner.
Offensive linemen B.J. Finney (first team), Cody Whitehair (second team) and Cornelius Lucas (third team) were named to the All-Big 12 teams. Running back John Hubert, linebacker Blake Slaughter and quarterback Jake Waters were also named third team all-conference players.
Lockett, one of the best all-around players in the nation, picked up his third All-America honor this postseason. The Tulsa, Okla., product ranks 11th nationally in all-purpose yards at 151.4 yards per game, which includes 104.2 receiving yards per game. Mueller, who was also named an All-American for the third time in 2013, ranks sixth nationally with a school-record tying 11.5 sacks, while he is 11th in tackles for loss with 18.5, a mark that leads the Big 12.
A product of Junction City, Kan., Zimmerman picked up his fourth All-America accolade after logging 69 tackles, including three for loss, and tallying three interceptions. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, a mark that leads the Big 12.
Five of the other six players are multiple All-Big 12 honorees with the exception of Waters, who earned all-conference honors for the first time.
Kansas State prepares to take on Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, December 28, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game kicks off at 9:15 p.m. (CT) and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Fans can order tickets 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.
Kansas State's 2013 Postseason Honors from Phil Steele
B.J. Finney: First Team All-Big 12
John Hubert: Third Team All-Big 12
Tyler Lockett: Second Team All-America (WR), First Team All-Big 12 (WR), Third Team All-Big 12 (KR)
Cornelius Lucas: Third Team All-Big 12
Ryan Mueller: Second Team All-America, First Team All-Big 12
Blake Slaughter: Third Team All-Big 12
Jake Waters: Third Team All-Big 12
Cody Whitehair: Second Team All-Big 12
Ty Zimmerman: Fourth Team All-America, First Team All-Big 12