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No. 20 Kansas State relying on unheralded group of wide receivers to supplement passing game

  • Kansas State wide receiver Steven West (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stephen F. Austin Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas State wide receiver Steven West (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Stephen F. Austin Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stephen F. Austin defensive back Hipolito Coporan, right, breaks up a pass intended for Kansas State wide receiver Judah Jones, left, during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Stephen F. Austin defensive back Hipolito Coporan, right, breaks up a pass intended for Kansas State wide receiver Judah Jones, left, during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)  (The Associated Press)

Tyler Lockett is the third member of his family to play wide receiver for Bill Snyder at Kansas State, so the 74-year-old coach knows what the family lineage can bring to an offense.

He also knows the perils of building solely around the All-American wide receiver. Not only has he been prone to injury, it also handcuffs what the Wildcats can do offensively

That's why it doesn't matter whether a wide receiver is running with the first team or the scout team, everybody who lines up for No. 20 Kansas State carries the same expectations. It was that way in a season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin. And it will surely be that way when the Wildcats open Big 12 play Saturday at Iowa State.