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Four Wildcats named to preseason All-Big 12 Team

Kansas State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State placed a total of four football players on the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 team as voted on by media representatives who cover the league, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Wide receiver and kick returner Tyler Lockett was named to the preseason team for the third-straight season, while offensive linemen B.J. Finney and Cody Whitehair were also named to the offensive squad. Defensive end Ryan Mueller rounded out the group as the lone Wildcat named to the preseason team on defense.

Lockett, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, put together one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in school history a year ago when he hauled in 81 receptions for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns to rank in the top five in school history in each category. A Second Team All-American and the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2013, Lockett enters the 2014 season ranked fourth in school history in career receptions and yardage, and fifth in touchdowns. He needs 75 receptions, 838 yards and nine touchdowns to break all three school records, which are held by his father, Kevin.

A native of Andale, Kansas, Finney earned All-Big 12 First Team honors each of the last two years and has started all 39 career games, including the last 38 at center. Whitehair was an All-Big 12 Second Team performer in 2013 after starting all 13 games at left guard. The Abilene, Kansas, native has started 25 of his 26 career games.

A former walk-on who turned into the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2013, Mueller recorded a school-record tying 11.5 sacks last season to go along with 18.5 tackles for loss. He earned Second Team All-America honors as a junior as well as All-Big 12 First Team accolades.

The Wildcats kick off the 2014 season with an August 30, matchup against Stephen F. Austin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The sixth-annual K-State Family Reunion will begin at 6:10 p.m., and be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.

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