Colin Lockett Named MW ST Player of the Week
Nov. 5, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State football player Colin Lockett has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced today. It is the first career weekly award for the Diamond Bar, Calif., native.
Lockett set the tone for an outstanding special teams game for the Aztecs in their 21-19 win at No. 19/14 Boise State on Saturday night when he took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. It was tied for the longest ever by a SDSU player and was the program's first 100-yard kickoff return since 1979. The junior is one of only 16 players in the country this season with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Lockett now has two kickoff returns for a touchdown this season and a school-record three for his career. The three are tied for the second most in the country since 2011. Lockett finished the night with three kick returns for 141 yards (47.0 avg.).
On the year, Lockett has returned 27 kickoffs for 707 yards and the two touchdowns. The 26.2 average ranks third in the conference and 28th in the nation.
San Diego State has now had a player win the player-of-the-week award in five consecutive weeks, including Ryan Katz (offensive on Oct. 8), Jake Fely (defensive on Oct. 15 and Oct. 29), Chance Marden (special teams on Oct. 22) and Lockett (special teams on Nov. 5). Nat Berhe also was the MW Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 10.
Additionally, Lockett was named a College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Kickoff Returner of the Week. Lockett was joined by Utah's Reggie Dunn, Kansas State's Tyler Lockett, Oklahoma State's Desmond Roland, Temple's Matt Brown and Middle Tennessee State's Reggie Whatley.
Aztec true freshman Seamus McMorrow, meanwhile, was selected as a CFPA honorable mention punter of the week along with 12 other players, including Andrew Shapiro of Fresno State and Chase Lansford of UNLV.
A San Diego native, McMorrow punted three times for 151 yards (50.3 avg.), including two inside the opponents' 20-yard line and two for at least 50 yards. Seven of McMorrow's last 10 punts have been for 50 or more yards, while seven of his last 11 have been inside the 20-yard line.
On the season, McMorrow has punted 28 times for 1,221 yards (43.6 avg.). Eleven of his 28 attempts have been inside the 20-yard line and 11 have traveled for 50 or more yards. His 43.61 average would rank in a tie for 15th in the country if he had enough attempts to qualify. Additionally, the 43.61 average is the eighth best in SDSU's single-season history.
San Diego State (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West), which is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, plays host to Air Force (5-4, 4-1 Mountain West) at 12:30 p.m. PT Saturday in its final regular season home game. The Aztecs have won five straight contests (tied for 10th-longest streak in the nation) and are tied for first in the league with Fresno State.