October 15, 2009

Closer Look: Brandon Banks

If Kansas State has an equalizer on the field it's the pint-sized Brandon Banks.The 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior leads K-State in receiving, but it's his prowess in the return game that gives opponents fits.

Banks has already returned two kickoffs this season for touchdowns and is averaging 28 yards per return. He also holds an 11.6-yard average on five punt returns this season. So despite his tiny stature, Banks has the potential to back a game-changing punch every time he touches the ball.

"He's very talented obviously, and they've always seemed to have somebody over the years at that position. They've done a great job evaluating that position and going out and getting somebody, but they also have a very good scheme," said Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "It's not complicated. Much like their offense they come at you, they challenge you and they're tough kids. I think when you have a guy like Banks who can return one, the guys really block hard for him knowing that he can take it the distance every time."

Banks is fast, small yet powerful receiver that was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2008 after transferring to K-State from Bakersfield College. He finished 15th nationally in kickoff return average by averaging 28 yards per return. As a receiver he finished 19th nationally with 1,049 yards and nine touchdowns on 67 receptions.

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