Calvin Barnett remembers checking in on his former high school teammate, Tyler Lockett, when Barnett was a sophomore at Navarro Junior College and Lockett was a freshman at Kansas State.
“He really hasn’t changed,” Barnett said to himself.
Barnett most remembers Lockett’s work ethic when both starred at Tulsa Washington. He always gave great effort on the practice field and in the weight room. Always did his homework. And always had a positive attitude.
Now, Lockett has developed into one of the Big 12’s biggest offensive and special teams weapons. He leads the conference in all-purpose yards (157.2 per game), is tied for first with 7.25 receptions per game and ranks second in receiving yards (117.2 per game).
“The discipline that kid has is really unreal,” Barnett said. “He’s like the prototype player that you’d want.”
Barnett said he still occasionally keeps in touch with Lockett, but that there will be no trash talk heading into the Cowboys’ game against the Wildcats.
“There’s no need to do that,” he said. “We’re all at the same level at the end of the day. We all compete at a high level. It’s a mutual respect.”