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Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett had 84-yards receiving to go with a punt return touchdown in Kansas State's win over UTEP on Saturday.

Lockett pulled out his bag of tricks on Saturday. In addition to catching four passes for 84 yards, Lockett also returned a kick for 58-yards and a touchdown. The speedster has caught a seventeen balls for 274-yards through Kansas State's first four games. Lockett generally tends to catch the ball on his body, which occasionally leads to drops, but he's also a big play receiver whose return ability is attractive to NFL scouts.
Sep 28 - 2:23 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters threw for 208 yards and ran the ball for a touchdown in Kansas State's 58-28 romp over Texas El-Palso.

Waters was efficient in this one, completing 10-of-15 passes in Saturday's blowout win over UTEP. Waters had a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 44-yard touchdown pass to Zach Trujila in the third. This season Waters has rushed for 184 yards on 48 attempts this season and passed for 916 yards, completing 61.6% of his passes. He is undersized for the position, but if he puts a big season, he might able to catch on with an NFL club.
Sep 28 - 2:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett "small catching radius and history of drops is not a good combination for a target of his size."

"He runs like the wind with the lighting quick feet to create separation and create, but a small catching radius and history of drops is not a good combination for a target of his size," Brugler wrote. During the game last week against Auburn, Lockett was wide open as he ran an inside route down by the goal line and had a ball bounce off his hands that ended up in an Auburn defenders hands. Brugler adds that the Kansas State prospect "had a few other drops in the game, which has been a pattern over his career with his smaller hands and tendency to run before securing the ball."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 3:58 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett vindicated his detractors by struggling on Thursday against Auburn, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"There’s a wide variety of opinion on Lockett’s next level ability but his performance against Auburn had detractors saying 'I told you so,'" Pauline wrote. The speedy wideout dropped two passes in the first quarter of his team's loss to the Tigers, including one which slipped through his hands in the end zone. Dropped passes and poor pass catching technique is nothing new for Lockett. On film he’s body catcher who seemingly needs to grasp the ball against his frame to secure the reception. This leads to drops, double catches and a lot of missed opportunity. He’s the type of player who’ll wow coaches with big plays from the line of scrimmage or long kick returns then at the same time break hearts with his inability to cleanly catch the ball." There are two ways to look at the performance, and NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote the other one last week, noting that Lockett created "buzz in war rooms" with his special teams play versus the Tigers.
Sep 22 - 9:32 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett will "create a buzz in war rooms around the league after putting on a spectacular showing on special teams against Auburn," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"There is always a spot in the NFL for a dynamic returner with big play ability," Brooks wrote. Lockett is certainly that. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lockett averaged 23.7 yards per return across three attempts Thursday night. "While NFL scouts will question his size and durability based on his slender frame, Lockett shows enough toughness as a returner to silence the skeptics concerned about his ability to survive and thrive in the league as a specialist," Brooks wrote. "As far as his chances of cracking a lineup as a wide receiver, I believe he's a natural fit as a No. 3 wide receiver at the next level. He is a polished route runner with a knack for getting open on short and intermediate routes against 'off' coverage. He needs to continue to work on winning against rugged defenders using physical tactics at the line, but he's slippery and flashes enough quickness to separate from defenders out of breaks."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:48 PM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "has some Tedy Bruschi to him," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Mueller stays low out of his stance with quick get-off to shoot gaps and penetrate the backfield," Brugler wrote. "He displays a strong understanding of leverage and angles with a flexible lower body and powerful hands to finish tackles. Mueller routinely plays alert, well-prepared and assignment sound, reading the run well and containing the edge. Although he's not a quick-twitch mover, he has better change of direction abilities than expected and looks comfortable on his feet, leading many to believe his future might be at linebacker in the NFL." He led the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5) in 2013. "Ryan just epitomizes what Coach Snyder is all about, doesn't he?" an NFC North scout said. "There's no doubt he has his limitations, but he's a 110-percenter with a locked in motor that won't quit. To be honest, I'm not sure where or if he's going to be drafted, but I'm not betting against him."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 17 - 9:57 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters "has a chance to showcase his diverse skills" on Thursday night against Auburn, wrote Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

"Waters is the classic Bill Snyder recruit -- and undervalued junior college star that few other high-profile schools wanted," wrote SI's Inside Read duo. "As so often happens under Snyder, he’s emerged as a star." KSU would take a big step towards the inaugural college football playoff if it can pull off an upset against the Tigers. "We have everything," Waters said. "We can go do the spread game, the zone reads, throw the attachments, or we can go put two tight ends, two running backs in there and pound it on the ground. It’s a complicated offense." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Waters to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw over the summer: "Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster."
Sep 16 - 8:22 PM

The Big 12 has suspended the replay official and replay communicator one game after the two did not stop play so a controversial call could be reviewed.

"...the replay official failed to follow established procedures in a timely manner, which prevented the play from being stopped for review prior to the next snap," Big 12 football supervisor of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. The play in question was a catch by receiver Tyler Lockett that resulted in Kansas State getting the ball on the 1-yard line. Lockett, however, was in contact with the endzone pylon at the time of the catch, which is considered out of bounds. The Big-12 did say the video was inconclusive, so the result likely would not have changed as the call would have stood.
Sep 8 - 9:54 AM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 136 yards in the school's 32-28 win over Iowa State.

Lockett started off slow, but came down with a perfectly timed contested catch late in this game. The lean receiver will mostly play the "small" game in the NFL, but the more contested catches he puts on tape the better.
Sep 6 - 5:03 PM

After studying game tape of Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Lockett's playing style to former Sooner WR Jalen Saunders.

"Finished studying K-State WR/KR Tyler Lockett. Reminded me of Jalen Saunders but Lockett is more of a body catcher," Jeremiah tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 175 pound wideout has smaller hands which can often cause him to double catch balls and use his body. However, Lockett is a precise route runner, with the ability to cut on a dime, and take the top off a defense. He finished the 2013 campaign with 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 TDs.
Jul 15 - 7:21 AM

Kansas State senior LB Jonathan Truman can bench press 430, squat 535 and clean 400.

That's some serious strength coming from a 5-foot-11, 215-pound package, and explains why Truman made Bruce Feldman's "All-Freak" team. The former state champion high school wrestler started all 13 games last year, finishing second on the team with 89 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. A former walk-on, Truman doesn't have an obvious position fit in the NFL -- he's too small to be a pro LB, but probably isn't fast enough to convert to safety.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 6:44 PM

Kansas State senior C B.J. Finney "doesn't have too many excitable traits for the NFL level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The former walk-on is about to embark upon his fourth season as starting center; he's been named the Big 12's best center in each of the last two campaigns. So why doesn't Brugler believe Finney could hack it in the pros? "He has a stout body type and is not an easy guy to move from his spot, exhibiting excellent toughness in the trenches," Brugler wrote. "Finney has quick snap and set up, but also gets too high and straight-legged in his stance, relying too much on his upper body to get the job done. He is mobile enough to get to the second level and uses body angles very well, but needs to refine his hand placement, often landing his grip outside his target and getting tossed aside."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 6 - 1:18 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler passes along that NFL scouts want to see more on-field nastiness from Kansas State junior OG Cody Whitehair this year.

Whitehair was named a Second Team All-Big 12 selection last season. "He looks the part with good quickness off the snap and shuffles well, anchoring when he keeps his knees bent," Brugler wrote. "Whitehair's best trait is his ability to pick up extra pressures and keep his head on a swivel with vision and instincts." The 6-foot-3, 309-pounder has started 25 games for the Wildcats. "He is too much of a catch blocker and NFL scouts want to see more of a nasty attitude to bully and bury his targets," Brugler wrote. "Whitehair is at his best when he extends to make first contact with rushers, but doesn't do that consistently, allowing his pads to rise and rushers to attack his body."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 6 - 1:05 AM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters compares to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster," Brugler wrote. Like Shaw, Waters lacks ideal height and size for the next level. The Kansas State prospect is a versatile athlete and a tough competitor who can come up big in clutch moments. Waters enters the 2014 season with the top career passing efficiency rating (156.8)in school history and ranks fifth in passing yards per game (189.9).
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 4 - 10:48 AM

Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "has some similar characteristics as Tedy Bruschi," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has a very strong understanding of leverage and angles and appears comfortable on his feet, leading some teams to believe his NFL future is at linebacker. Mueller is lacking in a few areas, but he has some similar characteristics as Tedy Bruschi, who lined up on the defensive line in college before successfully making the transition to a stand up linebacker spot in the NFL," Brugler wrote. The Kansas State prospect led the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5) in 2013 and should be one of the top returning defenders in the Big 12.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 3 - 1:16 PM


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