Aaron Lockett (gridiron football)

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Aaron Lockett
Career information
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Kansas State
High school Booker T. Washington High School
NFL draft 2002 / Round: 7 / Pick: 254
Career history
As player
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
20022003 San Francisco 49ers*
2004 Ottawa Renegades
2004–2006 BC Lions
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Professional
Collegiate
  • 2000 NCAA punt return average leader
OSSAA Championships
Honors
  • 2000 All-American (2nd team - Associated Press)
  • 2001 All-American (honorable mention - CNN Sports Illustrated)
  • Four-time All-Big 12 Conference (1st team-1x, 2nd team-2x, honorable mention-1x)
Records
Big 12 Conference
  • Single-season punt return average (2000–)
  • Longest pass reception (1998–)
Kansas State Wildcats (football)
  • Career all-purpose yards (2001–04)
  • Freshman season receiving yards (1998–)
  • Consecutive 100-yard receiving games (1998–2007)
  • Longest play from scrimmage (1998–)
Kansas State Wildcats (track)

Aaron Lockett (born September 6, 1978) is a former American football and Canadian football wide receiver (WR) and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, and in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Ottawa Renegades and BC Lions. He played college football at Kansas State University where he set school and Big 12 Conference football and track and field records. His brother Kevin Lockett and nephew Tyler Lockett also played WR at Kansas State where they also set records.

Lockett led the nation in punt return average for the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season and was a 2nd team All-American. As of December 2011, he held the Big 12 Conference records for single-season punt return average (22.8) and longest pass reception (97 yards) as well as Kansas State Wildcats records for Freshman receiving yards and the longest play from scrimmage. He was a four-time All-Big 12 selection and formerly held Kansas State records for career all-purpose yards and consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

As a track and field athlete, he is a former Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) champion in both the 4 × 100 metres relay and the 100 metres, a former Kansas State Wildcats 60 metres record holder and one of the fastest NFL Combine 40-yard dash participants of all-time.

His professional career involved several short stints that included most of a season on the taxi squad for the 2002 49ers of the NFL and a few years with the BC Lions of the CFL. In his most productive professional season, he led the CFL in return yards for the 2005 CFL season.

College career[edit]

On September 26, 1998, Michael Bishop connected with Lockett on a 97-yard touchdown against University of Louisiana at Monroe to set the Big 12 Conference record for longest pass reception.[1] Lockett led the nation in punt return average with 22.8 yards and 3 touchdowns in 22 punt returns in 2000, according to National Collegiate Athletic Association record books,[2][3] although Big 12 record books claim he finished second in the nation.[4] The average led the Big 12,[4] and it still stands as the Big 12 Conference single-season record.[5] That season, he was a second team All-American selection by the Associated Press.[6] His 58-yard punt return touchdown in the 2000 Big 12 Championship Game tied the score in the third quarter.[7] In 2001, he was an honorable mention All-American selection by CNN Sports Illustrated.[8]

Lockett was a 1998 All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention wide receiver, 1999 All-Big 12 Conference second team wide receiver, 2000 All-Big 12 Conference first team punt returner, 2001 All-Big 12 Conference second team kickoff returner.[9] He was a four-time Big 12 Conference Special Teams player of the week: August 26 – September 2, 2000, September 16, 2000, November 18, 2000, and September 20–22 2001.[10]

He established the following Kansas State Wildcats football records:

  • single-game receiving yards by a freshman (188 yards on September 26, 1998)[11] single-season receiving yards by a freshman (928, 1998),[11]
  • consecutive 100-yard receiving games (3 games, October 31 – November 14, 1998) — broken in 2007 by Jordy Nelson,[11]
  • career all-purpose yards (4023 yards, 1998–2001) — broken in 2004 by Darren Sproles[12]
  • single-season punt return average (22.8 yards in 2000)[13]
  • longest play from scrimmage (97 yards on September 26, 1998)[14]

He led Kansas State in the following statistics:

  • receptions (24 in 2001)[15]
  • receiving yards (357 yards in 2001)[16]
  • all-purpose yards (1,459 yards in 2000)[12]

In track, placed 4th and 5th in the 60 metres at the 1998 and 2000 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships and set the Kansas State record of 6.69 seconds in the 1999 event.[17] In 2001, Terence Newman broke the record when he ran a 6.67,[18] and in 2002 Newman set the current school record of 6.62.[19] Lockett's time of 21.48 seconds in 2000 was second in school history in the 200 metres at the time.[17] Lockett has one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine since 2000 when times began being recorded electronically with fully automatic time electronic timing.[20]

Professional career[edit]

NFL[edit]

He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a compensatory selection.[21][22] He signed with the 2002 Buccaneers in July of that year.[23] The team released him at the end of training camp.[citation needed] He spent much of the 2002 NFL season on the taxi squad for the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him on October 1,[citation needed] released him on November 19,[24] signed him on November 27,[25] and re-signed him for 2003 the following February.[26] They released him in training camp in 2003.[27]

CFL[edit]

In 2004, Lockett signed with the Ottawa Renegades.[28] At some point in the season,[citation needed] he became a member of the 2004 BC Lions that played in the 92nd Grey Cup.[29] During the 2005 CFL season for the BC Lions, he fielded 61 kickoff returns, which as of 2011 was tied for fourth all-time in league history.[30] That season, he led the CFL in return yards and became a Rogers CFL Player Awards nominee.[31][32] He was released by the Lions during the 2006 CFL season after return blocking rule changes rendered him ineffective.[33]

Personal[edit]

Lockett's brother held the Kansas state career receiving record, which was surpassed by his nephew on November 8, 2014.[34] His nephew is also the only Kansas State player to return kickoffs for touchdowns in consecutive games. His parents are John and Beatrice Lockett.[17] He is an accomplished rapper.[35]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Big 12 Football 2011 Media Guide" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 66. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Scott and Jim Flynn (April 21, 2002). "Bucs Select WR Lockett With Third 7th-Round Pick". Scout.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 49. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Big 12 Football 2011 Media Guide" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 77. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Big 12 Football 2011 Media Guide" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 65. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2000 AP All-America Team". USA Today. December 13, 2000. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Remembering greatness from past Big 12 championships". Tulsa World. December 3, 2010. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mandel, Stewart (December 5, 2001) [2001-12-03]. "Miami's McKinnie heads CNNSI.com All-Americans". Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Big 12 Football 2011 Media Guide" (PDF). Big12sports.com. pp. 100–2. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Big 12 Football 2011 Media Guide" (PDF). Big12sports.com. pp. 108–9. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "2010 Kansas State Football Media Guide". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. p. 136. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "2010 Kansas State Football Media Guide". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. p. 140. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ "2010 Kansas State Football Media Guide". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. p. 150. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  14. ^ "2010 Kansas State Football Media Guide". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. p. 152. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  15. ^ "2010 Kansas State Football Media Guide". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. p. 138. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ "2010 Kansas State Football Media Guide". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. p. 139. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b c "22 Aaron Lockett". KStatesports.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Terence Newman". KStateSports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Kansas State Track & Field Men's Indoor Records". KStateSports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  20. ^ Henderson, Lee Andrew (January 28, 2011). "Top 5 40-yard dash times in NFL Combine history". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Draft History". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  22. ^ Edholm, Eric (March 25, 2011). "Compensatory picks add extra element to draft strategy". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  23. ^ Flynn, Jim (July 26, 2002). "Tampa Bay, WR Lockett Agree To Three-Year Contract". Scout.com. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. November 20, 2002. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Agreed to..." Chicago Tribune. November 27, 2002. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  26. ^ Crumpacker, John (February 19, 2003). "Erickson adds familiar face to coaching staff". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 25, 2003. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  28. ^ "RENEGADES GET A ROCKET IN LOCKETT". Ottawa Start. March 16, 2004. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  29. ^ Stevenson, Chris (September 12, 2004). "Tillman says it's up to team to win 4-of-6 games and make playoffs". Canoe Inc. Retrieved December 23, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Regular Season All-Time Records". Canadian Football League. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  31. ^ Ullrich, Lowell (June 28, 2006). "Lockett ready to make like an orange rocket". Canadian Football League. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  32. ^ "2005 Rogers CFL Player Awards". Canadian Football League. November 2, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  33. ^ Little, Lyndon (September 26, 2006). "Quiet release of return specialist Lockett hands job to rookie". Canadian Football League. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  34. ^ "K-State Drops Top 10 Match-up at TCU: The Wildcats see its five-game winning streak end in 41-20 loss to Horned Frogs". KStateSports.com. CBS Interactive. November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Aaron Lockett, WR - Kansas State". USA Today. April 16, 2002. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 

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