Jonathan Banks           CB        Mississippi State               Great size, length and FBI (football instincts) accompany much burst and acceleration. Sixteen career interceptions are no fluke. Banks has anticipation and timing, along with awareness that put him in position to make plays on the ball in the SEC. A very good athlete who won’t time fast, but the man cover skills and fluidity in movement are unquestionably there. He is an absolute ball hawk with body balance and control to jump and contort his body while competing with receiver for balls at the highest point. Tall corner with slight upright peddle, good feet COD (change of direction) with short-area burst and acceleration. Smooth to flip hips, transition and mirror receivers; quickness and suddenness keep this player in position. Very comfortable in open bale technique, and best as a zone defender. When aligning vs. a slot receiver, lacks consistent UOH (use of hands) to jam and redirect receivers; allows free release too often. Solid tackler with wrap and finish; will grab, drag and sling tackle a high percentage of the time, flashing peek-a-boo, explosive hits on receivers in crossing routes. Very good blitzer with second effort, good collision and explosion. Very aggressive and plays with desire in lateral chase and pursuit, creating many a forced fumble, interception and TFL (tackle for loss) production. Has the most natural ball skills of all of the corners in the draft. Soft hands to high point and pluck balls outside of his frame, RAC (run after catch) skills and a nose for the goal line. Interception production is off the charts, as he finished with 16 for his career and 320 yards in returns. Softli – First-round talent/bottom first-round pick.

 

JOHNTHAN SHUNTAY BANKS

Cornerback/Free Safety

Mississippi State University Bulldogs

#13

6:02.0-185

Maben, Mississippi

East Webster High School

 

OVERVIEW

Ever since Banks moved into the Bulldogs’ starting lineup for the final seven games, the MSU coaches knew they had something special in their free safety, turned weak-side cornerback. He would cap off his career by becoming just the third player in school history to receive Walter Camp All-American accolades.

 

Banks was also named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football. It was also the first time that any Bulldog won an individual national award since Mississippi State began playing football in 1985. Adding to his list of “firsts,” the cornerback was a Lott IMPACT Trophy semi-finalist and a Chuck Bednarik Award semi-finalist, the first time a Bulldog reached that level in those awards’ voting process.

 

Banks also “stole” his way into the school and league record books. His sixteen pass thefts tied the school all-time record and rank as seventh-best in Southeastern Conference annals. His 320 yards gained via those returns established another school record and tied for fifth on the SEC all-time charts. His average of 20.0 yards gained per interception return (minimum fifteen) also established a league record.

 

As a freshman, Banks set the Mississippi State game-record and tied the SEC mark by returning two interceptions for touchdowns vs. Florida. He would score three times on pass thefts during his career, tying the MSU all-time record while also tying for second in league record books. His 100-yard return in the Florida 2009 contest tied for the longest runback in school and Southeastern Conference annals.

 

Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Banks leads that group with his 320 yards gained on those sixteen interceptions, as his pass theft total is tied for third and his three touchdowns tied for sixth among active participants. He also scored on a 65-yard punt return vs. Tennessee-Martin in 2011.

 

A master at the bump-&-run, he has recorded 26 pass deflections as a Bulldog, adding 221 tackles, including 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and five forced fumbles, proving that there is much more to his “game” than just coming up with the interception. With his physical tackling ability, some teams are also considering him as a strong candidate to switch back to free safety in the National Football League ranks.

 

Banks really does not have a preference for what position he plays, as long as he is on the football field. Even during his playing days at East Webster High School, as long as he was on the field, whether defense, offense or special teams, he gave 110% effort. As a prep senior, he was rated the 63rd-best prospect in the country by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the 23rd-best overall player in the state of Mississippi.

 

Scout.com considered him to be the 69th-best safety prospect in the country following his senior season. A starter since joining the team in the eighth grade, he once returned three punts for touchdowns in a single game for the Wolverines. As a junior, he rushed for sixteen touchdowns as a running back and also recorded two interceptions for scores.

 

Banks was named second-team, all-state in all classifications as a linebacker by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season, as that news service also rated him among the top 40 high school prospects in the state of Mississippi. That season, he accounted for 1,740 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns while playing quarterback.

 

Banks also starred on the defensive side of the ball, making 35 tackles and seven pass interceptions for head coach Jimmy Carden in 2008. A three-sport standout, he led the baseball team to the state championships in Class 1-A during his freshman and junior campaigns. He also played basketball on the high school level.

 

Banks committed to Mississippi State in April 2008, arriving on campus for 2009 fall drills. After five games as a key reserve, he was inserted into the lineup at free safety for the final seven contests. He gained 145 yards with two touchdowns on four interceptions, broke up three other passes and delivered 33 tackles, earning Southeastern Conference All-Fresh-man team accolades.

 

As a sophomore, Banks moved to left cornerback, starting twelve contests. He finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles, along with intercepting three throws and batting away seven others. He continued to start at cornerback, but also added punt return chores in 2011, averaging 10.38 yards with a touchdown on sixteen attempts. He tied for seventh in school history with five interceptions, as he deflected nine throws and ranked fourth on the team with 71 tackles, three sacks, eight stops for loss and three forced fumbles.

 

The 2012 Thorpe Award winner totaled 124 yards on four interceptions and 123 yards on fourteen punt returns. He broke up seven passes while starting all thirteen contests that year. He finished fourth on the squad with 63 tackles, causing a fumble and recovering another, as both turnovers led to MSU scoring drives.

 

CAREER NOTES

The first major award winner (2012 Thorpe Award) in school history and just their third Walter Camp All-American, Banks started 45-of-51 games at Mississippi State – 38 at left cornerback and seven at free safety…Recorded 221 tackles (139 solos) with four sacks for minus 33 yards, 11.5 stops for losses of 62 yards and four quarterback pressures…Had one fumble recovery and four forced fumbles…Deflected 26 passes and intercepted sixteen others for 320 yards in returns (20.0 avg) and three touchdowns…His sixteen pass thefts tied Walt Harris (1992-95) for the school career-record and tied Harry Gilmer of Alabama (1944-47), Jake Scott of Georgia (1967-68), Mike Jones of Tennessee (1967-69), Harry Harrison of Mississippi (1971-73), Jeremiah Castille of Alabama (1979-82), John Mangum of Alabama (1986-89) and Corey Webster of Louisiana State (2001-04) for seventh place in Southeastern Conference annals…His 320 yards gained on those pass thefts topped the old school career-record of 241 by Derek Pegues (2005-2008) and placed fifth on the SEC all-time record list…His average of 20.0 yards gained per interception (minimum 15 returns) established a new conference record, breaking the old mark of 19.7 yards by Jake Scott of Georgia (16 for 315; 1967-68)…His three interception returns for scores are tied for second on the SEC career-record list and tied Derek Pegues (2005-2008) and Corey Broomfield (2009-Present) for the school mark…His two interception returns for touchdowns vs. Florida in 2009 established a Bulldogs game-record and also set an SEC mark…Added 30 punt returns for 289 yards (9.63 avg) and one touchdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 SEASON

Banks was named the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner at the Atlantic Dance Hall at the Boardwalk Hotel and Resort at Walt Disney World. The award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football, is the first individual national award for an MSU player in the 113-year history of the program. “First of all, it’s a blessing from God to be given this opportunity,” Banks said. “I want to first thank the Jim Thorpe Association. It’s kind of shocking. There are so many great defensive backs in the country and this is all just a dream to me.”…Was also named a Walter Camp All-American first-team selection, becoming just the third player in school annals to receive that honor, along with earning first-team honors from the Football Writers Association and Fox Sports while also being named second-team by The NFL Draft Report, Sports Illustrated and Associated Press… First-team All-Southeastern Conference pick by the league’s media and coaches…Also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and Conerly Trophy, as well as a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy…Named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Paul Hornung Award Watch List…Chosen to the 2012 SEC Community Service Team…The senior captain started all thirteen games at left cornerback, as he finished fourth on the team with 63 tackles (39 solos), adding a pair of stops for minus 5 yards, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a QB pressure…Broke up seven passes and tied for fourth in the SEC with four interceptions for 124 yards in returns (31.0 avg)…Returned fourteen punts for 123 yards (8.79 avg)…Held Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, the ninth-leading passer in the nation, to a season-low 225 yards and his fifth-lowest career total as a starter (minimum three quarters played), as he was thrown at twice in man coverage, allowing one catch. In the one-on-one battle, Banks held Biletnikoff semifinalist and midseason All-American Cobi Hamilton to one catch for five yards when they lined up across from each other, despite Hamilton ranking fifth in the FBS with 114 receiving yards per game. Vs. all other defenders, Hamilton caught six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown…Had a dominating performance at Louisiana State in Death Valley, allowing just one catch for seven yards out of six passes thrown his way in man coverage, as he posted a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry, while counting for almost half (5-of-11) of LSU QB Zach Mettenberger’s incompletions…Tied Walt Harris’ 17-year-old school record with his 16th-career interception vs. Middle Tennessee, running it back for 46 yards as he also returned a punt for 15 yards vs. the Blue Raiders…Taking on the then-leading SEC passing attack in Tennessee (10th in FBS), Banks held All-American Justin Hunter and All-SEC wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to just two catches each, while helping limit Vols’ QB Tyler Bray to a then career lows as a starter in completions (13) and yards (148). Banks was thrown at five times, allowing just two catches for 28 yards. Clinging to a three-point lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game vs. Tennessee and MSU’s undefeated season on the line, Banks forced and recovered a fumble that completely changed the momentum of the game and secured the Bulldogs’ sixth victory of the 2012 season…Was thrown at 10 times in man coverage and allowed just five receptions for 39 yards vs. South Alabama (3.9 YPA), collecting two pass deflections while returning an interception 47 yards. He also brought back three punts for 34 yards in the week four win vs. the Jaguars…Was thrown at just 7.8 percent of the time and allowed just 4.8 yards per catch in the win at Troy (6-of-47), with all six passes being screen passes that went his way. Both interceptions Troy threw were a direct result of Banks blitzing the quarterback on a corner blitz…Was thrown at just twice in the first 47 minutes of the Auburn win, with both passes being picked off by Banks, as he helped limit the Tigers’ passing game to minus two yards at halftime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 SEASON

Named to the All-SEC second-team by The NFL Draft Report and Associated Press, Banks started all thirteen games at left cornerback, finishing fourth on the team with a career-high 71 tackles (46 solos) that included three sacks for minus 20 yards, eight stops for losses of 43 yards, three QB pressures and three forced fumbles…Deflected nine passes, as his five interceptions for 27 yards in returns and a touchdown tied for seventh on the school season-record list…Also ranked fourth in the SEC with his pass thefts and as a punt returner, running back sixteen kicks for 166 yards (10.38 avg) and a 65-yard touch-down (vs. Tennessee-Martin)…Was one of two major college players (Louisiana State Tyrann Matthieu) to return a punt and interception for touchdowns during the 2011 schedule…Named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back, he was MSU’s first semifinalist for that award since Pig Prather in 2001…Was also a Conerly Trophy finalist, given annually to the top player in the state of Mississippi…Returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown at Auburn and had another pass theft vs. Louisiana State, one of only three interceptions LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee threw the entire season…Registered his first sack of the season vs. Louisiana Tech and followed that up with a 12-yard tackle for loss at Georgia…Responsible for two interceptions in the South Carolina game, intercepting one pass and tipping the ball to teammate Nickoe Whitley for another pick…Held South Carolina All-American receiver Alshon Jeffery to his lowest yards-per-catch output of the season (4.8 ypc) and recorded six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble at Kentucky…Notched his first-career punt return for a touchdown with a 65-yard touchdown return vs. UT-Martin…Posted his third sack of the season and forced his second fumble of the campaign at Arkansas in MSU’s first game on CBS since 2005…In the Egg Bowl victory vs. rival Mississippi, he totaled a career-high and team-best 2.5 tackles for loss, five total tackles and one forced fumble…Produced seven tackles and 0.5 TFL in a Music City Bowl victory vs. Wake Forest.

 

2010 SEASON

Banks shifted to left cornerback, starting twelve of the thirteen games he appeared in, as he ranked fourth on the team with 54 tackles (34 solos), adding a 13-yard sack, 1.5 stops for losses of 14 yards and a forced fumble…Deflected seven passes and gained 24 yards on three interception returns.

 

2009 SEASON

Banks was named Freshman All-Southeastern Conference by the league’s coaches, in addition to earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors following the Florida game, where he had interception returns of 100 and 20 yards for touchdowns of Tim Tebow passes, in addition to posting six tackles…Started the final seven games at free safety while appearing in all twelve contests, registering 33 tackles (20 solos) with three pass break-ups and four interceptions for 145 yards in returns (36.25 avg).

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.57 in the 40-yard dash…1.59 10-yard dash…2.63 20-yard dash…4.30 20-yard shuttle…

6.97 three-cone drill…34 ½-inch vertical jump…10’6” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 10 times…33 7/8-inch arm length…9 ¼-inch hands…74 1/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Banks attended East Webster (Maben, Miss.) High School, playing football for head coach Jimmy Carden…Rated the 63rd-best prospect in the country by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the 23rd-best overall player in the state of Mississippi…

Scout.com considered him to be the 69th-best safety prospect in the country following his senior season…A starter since joining the team in the eighth grade, he once returned three punts for touchdowns in a single game for the Wolverines…As a junior, he rushed for sixteen touchdowns as a running back and also recorded two interceptions for scores…

Named second-team, all-state in all classifications as a linebacker by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season, as that news service also rated him among the top 40 high school prospects in the state of Mississippi…That season, he accounted for 1,740 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns while playing quarterback…Also starred on the defensive side of the ball, making 35 tackles and seven pass interceptions…A three-sport standout, he led the baseball team to the state championships in Class 1-A during his freshman and junior campaigns…Also played basketball on the high school level.

 

PERSONAL

General Studies major…Has a one-year old son named Keidan with his girlfriend…Is the grandson of Mrs. Maggie Banks, his legal guardian…Born Johnthan Shuntay Banks on 10/03/89…Resides in Maben, Mississippi.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
2009 12 07 033 020 013  00  00  04 00.0-00   03  0.0-00  00
2010 13 12 054 034 020  00  01  03 01.5-14   07  1.0-13  00
2011 13 13 071 046 025  00  03  05 08.0-43   09  3.0-20  00
2012 13 13 063 039 024  01  01  04 02.0-05   07  0.0-00  00
TOTAL 51 45 221 139 082  01  05  16 11.5-62   26  4.0-33  00

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS PUNT RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  04      145 36.25  02  100  00      000 00.00  00    00
2010  03      024 08.00  00    12  00      000 00.00  00    00
2011  05      027 05.40  01    27  16      166 10.38  01    65
2012  04      124 31.00  00    47  14      123 08.79  00    22
TOTAL  16      320 20.00  03  100  30      289 09.63  01    65

 

BANKS GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Punt Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Jackson St. 09/01/12 Jackson St. 56-9

Yes

0

0

0

3

26

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 09/08/12 Auburn 28-10

Yes

2

31

0

1

7

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

Troy 09/15/12 at Troy 30-24

Yes

0

0

0

1

6

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Ala. 09/22/12 South Ala. 30-10

Yes

1

47

0

3

34

0

1

2

0

1

1

2

0

0

Kentucky 10/06/12 at Kentucky 27-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

4

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/13/12 Tennessee 41-31

Yes

0

0

0

1

10

0

2

4

0

0

0

1

1

0

Middle Tenn. 10/20/12 Middle Tenn. 45-3

Yes

1

46

0

1

15

0

3

5

0

0

0

2

0

0

Alabama 10/27/12 at Alabama 7-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 11/03/12 Texas A&M 13-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 11/10/12 at LSU 17-37

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

Arkansas 11/17/12 Arkansas 45-14

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/24/12 at Ole Miss 24-41

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

Northwestern 01/01/13 Northwestern 20-34

Yes

0

0

0

2

21

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

4

124

0

14

123

0

24

39

0

2

5

7

1

1

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Punt Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Memphis 09/01/11 at Memphis 59-14

Yes

0

0

0

3

25

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Auburn 09/10/11 at Auburn 34-41

Yes

1

27

1

1

22

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 09/15/11 LSU 6-19

Yes

1

-1

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Louisiana Tech 09/24/11 La. Tech 26-20

Yes

1

0

0

1

-1

0

4

5

0

1

4

0

1

4

0

0

1

Georgia 10/01/11 at Georgia 10-24

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

4

4

0

1

12

0

0

0

2

0

0

UAB 10/08/11 at UAB 21-3

Yes

1

1

0

2

2

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

South Carolina 10/15/11 USC 12-14

Yes

1

0

0

1

3

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Kentucky 10/29/11 At Kentucky 28-16

Yes

0

0

0

2

45

0

2

4

0

1

3

0

1

3

0

1

0

Tenn.-Martin 11/05/11 UTM 55-17

Yes

0

0

0

3

64

1

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/12/11 Alabama 7-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Arkansas 11/19/11 At Arkansas 17-44

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

0

1

6

0

1

13

0

1

13

0

1

0

Ole Miss 11/26/11 Ole Miss 31-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

1

2

9

0

0

0

0

1

0

Wake Forest 12/30/11 WFU 23-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Season Totals

5

27

1

16

166

1

25

46

2

7

43

0

3

20

9

3

3

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Memphis 09/04/10 Memphis 49-7

Yes

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Auburn 09/09/10 Auburn 14-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

13

0

1

13

0

0

LSU 09/18/10 at LSU 7-29

Yes

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 09/25/10 Georgia 24-12

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alcorn St. 10/02/10 Alcorn St. 49-16

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Houston 10/09/10 at Houston 47-24

Yes

0

2

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Florida 10/16/10 at Florida 10-7

Yes

1

12

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 10/23/10 UAB 29-24

Yes

0

0

0

4

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

Kentucky 10/30/10 Kentucky 24-17

Yes

1

10

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/13/10 at Alabama 10-30

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/20/10 Arkansas 31-38

Yes

0

0

0

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Mississippi 11/27/10 at Mississippi 31-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Michigan 01/01/11 Michigan 52-14

Yes

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Season Totals

3

24

0

20

34

1

1

14

0

1

13

7

1

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

PBU

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Jackson St. 09/05/09 Jackson St. 45-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 09/12/09 at Auburn 24-49

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/19/09 at Vanderbilt 15-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 09/26/09 LSU 26-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 10/03/09 Georgia Tech 31-42

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Houston 10/10/09 Houston 24-31

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

0

Middle Tenn. 10/17/09 at Middle Tenn. 27-6

Yes

2

25

0

0

4

0

0

0

1

Florida 10/24/09 Florida 19-29

Yes

2

120

2

4

2

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 10/31/09 at Kentucky 31-24

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

1

Alabama 11/14/09 Alabama 3-31

Yes

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

1

Arkansas 11/21/09 at Arkansas 21-42

Yes

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi 11/28/09 Mississippi 41-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

4

145

2

13

20

0

0

0

3

 

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