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.

Mr. Versatile: Shaq Thompson claims Hornung Award

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In one of the least surprising results of the 2014 award season, Shaq Thompson has staked his claim to a trophy honoring the most versatile player in the country.

Friday morning, it was announced that the Washington linebacker/running back/running backer/running Shaqer has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Hornung Award.  Other finalists for this year’s version of the award, which honors versatile former Notre Dame great Paul Hornung, were Nebraska running back/return specialist Ameer Abdullah, TCU running back/return specialist B.J. Catalon, Stanford wide receiver/return specialist Ty Montgomery and Missouri running back/return specialist Marcus Murphy.

This season, Thompson scored six touchdowns — four defensively, two on offense.  The four defensive touchdowns (three on fumble returns, on an interception return) were the most at the FBS level.

Offensively, he was second on the Huskies in rushing yards with 456.

“I’m very pleased for Shaq,” said UW Head Coach Chris Petersen. “This is an honor that he has earned on the field and off. For a player to perform at such a high level in so many different ways is so unusual and impressive. We’re grateful that all of his hard work has been recognized.”

This is the fifth year the Hornung Award has been handed out.  Past recipients include LSU’s Odell Beckham (2013), West Virginia’s Tavon Austin (2012), Georgia’s Brandon Boykin (2011) and Stanford’s Owen Marecic (2010).

Three top receivers not named Amari Cooper

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By now everybody seems to know all about Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Crimson Tide receiver has been one of the best in the country and has some thinking he should be in the early Heisman Trophy conversation. But what about some other receivers that have a vital role to their team’s offense that you may have been missing this season?

West Virginia receiver Kevin White has gotten off on the right foot as West Virginia’s offense appears to be ticking for the first time since guys like Geno Smith and Tavon Austin were in Morgantown. White is second in the nation (behind Cooper) in receiving yards per game (158.3 ypg) and receiving yards (633 receiving yards) through the first four games of the season. Staying in the Big 12, Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett may not be piling up huge numbers, piling role in Bill Snyder‘s offense is still important. He still brings big-play ability at times and he fits the mold for Kansas State just fine.

White and Lockett are two wide receivers Josh Norris of Rotoworld is keeping his eyes on this season as potential draft picks that could be considered a bargain. Who else does he like? Watch this video to find out. potential draft picks that could be considered a bargain. Who else does he like? Watch this video to find out.

The Fifth Quarter: Week 4 Rewind

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As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.

WINNERS

Mack’s back?
At least for the time being, the Longhorn Nation mob can put away its pitchforks and torches.  After a week that saw even more speculation about his job and the confirmation of rumors that Texas was indeed very interested in Nick Saban, Mack Brown was staring square in the face of Texas’ first 1-3 start since 1954.  Instead, the Longhorn players stepped above the ineptness of the past couple of weeks and moved to 2-2 with a 31-21 win over Kansas State.  Whether it was the increased heat on their coach or just the fact that the Wildcats aren’t that good, the players seemed to play with a spark, an enthusiasm, a sense of urgency that hasn’t been seen at all in 2013  Certainly one win doesn’t change all that’s gone wrong over the past three-plus years, and K-State 2013 is not the K-State of recent years, but it’s definitely a baby step in the right direction.

Hilluva football player
Forget about whether or not Jeremy Hill should even be on a football field; that’s another argument for another day.  When he is on the playing surface, the LSU running back is one helluva football player.  Hill rushed for a career-high 151 yards… and then headed back onto the field for the start of the third quarter.  Hill finished with 183 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 35-21 win over previously unbeaten Auburn.  The Bayou Bengals certainly have a stable full of high-quality runners, but Hill is clearly the class of the backfield and will continue to serve as an important piece of the offensive puzzle as LSU continues its run toward what should be another epic showdown with Alabama.

Johnny be good at football
If someone other than Johnny Manziel is going to win the 2013 Heisman, they’re going to have to rip it from his cold, dead hands.  Or something.  In less than three-and-a-half quarters of playing time against SMU, Manziel passed for 244 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 102 and two more scores.  Through four games this season, Manziel has accounted for 1,483 yards of total offense (1,228 passing, 255 rushing) and 15 touchdowns; in the first four games of the 2012 season, the numbers were 1,460 (1,094 passing, 466 rushing) and 16 touchdowns.  Whether or not voters, given the Texas A&M’s rocky offseason, give him serious consideration again this December remains to be seen.  Based on his play on the field this year, though, he damn well should be given just that.

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Report: West Virginia RB Andrew Buie leaves school

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West Virginia’s offense was set to have a completely new look after the NFL departures of Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Now, just days before the first game of the season, it appears as though the Mountaineers will have to replace one more key ingredient this fall. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports running back Andrew Buie has withdrawn from the university.

Buie was not listed on the depth chart for this weekend’s season opener against William & Mary, which is typically not something you expect to see form a player that would have been the team’s leading rusher returning this fall. On Tuesday Buie was reported to be ready to sit out this season with a red shirt season.

Buie is expected to pursue a transfer, although it remains unknown just where he may be looking to continue playing football this fall. Per NCAA transfer rules, Buie would have to sit out the 2013 season if he lands at another FBS program. He can begin to play immediately if he drops down to the FCS or lower. Given the timing of all of this, Buie’s status for the fall is very much up in the air.