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K-State’s Tyler Lockett wins Jet Award (What is the Jet Award?)

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Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett was named the winner of the Jet Award, it was announced Thursday. Just what, exactly, is the Jet Award? Great question.

According to TheJetAward.com, “The Jet Award honors the most exciting and electrifying play in college football, the return. Those daredevils that dare to participate who we call specialists.” Okay, then.

Given in honor of Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Johnny “Jet” Rodgers of Nebraska, the Jet Award has been in existence since 2011. Joe Adams (Arkansas), Tavon Austin (West Virginia) and Ty Montgomery (Stanford) preceded Lockett in claiming the historic honor.

Kansas State’s all-time leading receiver, Lockett led the nation with a 19.1-yard punt return average and ranked third nationally in all-purpose yards per game at 176.6. The Tulsa product led the Big 12 in punt returns, receiving yards and all-purpose yards and finished his career ranked second among all Wildcats in all-purpose yardage, trailing only Darren Sproles.

Lockett will accept the honor April 2 in Omaha.

Tavon Austin named Johnny Rodgers Award winner

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Over two months after leaving West Virginia for the NFL, the awards are still trickling in for Tavon Austin.

Austin, it was announced Monday, has been named the winner of the 2012 Johnny Rodgers Award.  The award is given to the nation’s top return specialist, and Austin certainly fits that description.

Last season, Austin averaged 25.4 yards per kick return (29th in the nation) and 12.7 on punt returns (would’ve been 15th if he qualified).  He returned one kick and one punt for a touchdowns, while leading the nation in all-purpose yards.

He had previously been named as the Paul Hornung Award winner, given annually to the most versatile player in the country.

The award is named for legendary former Nebraska Cornhusker and 1972 Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers.  Austin will be feted at an awards banquet April 4 in Omaha.

This is the second year the award has been handed out.  The 2012 winner was Arkansas’ Joe Adams.