Three Kansas State football players from whom much is expected in the coming season are seniors Tyler Lockett, Ryan Mueller and B.J. Finney. All three also have drawn the attention of several college football preview magazines, which have named the three Wildcat stars to preseason All-America teams.
Lockett, who is closing in on becoming the all-time record holder in several K-State pass-receiving categories, has been named a preseason first-team All-American by Sporting News and USA Today. Athlon Sports included him on the first team as an all-purpose player.
The fleet Kansas State wide receiver ranked 12th in the nation last season with an average of 154 all-purpose yards per game. He had 440 all-purpose yards in a late-season loss to Oklahoma, which ranks as the fifth best single-game total in Football Bowl Subdivision history.
Lockett is a second-team All-America selection by Lindy’s and Phil Steele.
Mueller is a preseason selection for second-team, All-America status by the Football Writers Association of America. Mueller, a defensive end, tied a Kansas State single-season record a year ago with 11.5 quarterback sacks. he also recorded 18.5 solo tackles for loss.
Finney, an offensive lineman, has started all 39 games he has played at Kansas City. Thirty-eight of those career starts were at the center position. He is a three-time Rimington Trophy candidate as the best center in college football and has been named to the All-Big 12 team. In his first season, in 2011, Finney was named to the Freshman All-America team by Rivals.