Banks Named to Biletnikoff Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior wide receiver Brandon Banks was one of 37 players nationally and seven from the Big 12 Conference to be named to the 2009 Biletnikoff Award watch list, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced.

The award honors the top wide receiver in all of college football.

Banks, one of the smallest wide receivers in the country at 5-7 and 150 pounds, certainly played big as a junior in 2008 as he was one of the most electrifying playmakers in the Big 12 Conference and the nation.

The Garner, N.C., native led the Wildcats in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,049) and receiving touchdowns (9) en route to Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors in 2008.

An All-Big 12 performer as a wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner, Banks ranked 19th in the nation and fifth in the Big 12 in receiving yards and 15th nationally and second in the Big 12 with a kickoff-return average of 28.0 yards. He also finished fifth all-time and tops among juniors on the school's single-season receiving yardage list, while setting a new school record for receptions in a season by a junior.

The winner of the Biletnikoff Award will be announced as part of ESPN's College Football Awards Show in December.

Banks and the Wildcats open the 2009 season on September 5 as UMass visits Manhattan for the K-State Family Reunion. Kickoff is set for 6:10 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Fans are reminded that both season and single-game tickets for the 2009 football season remain available to the general public, including individual reserved tickets for as low as $20 for the UMass game. All North Endzone season tickets and NEZ seating for the September 5 K-State Family Reunion have been sold out.

Group tickets for the UMass game are also still available for as low as $10.

The most convenient way to order remaining tickets is online at www.k-statesports.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling, 1-800-221-CATS.

2009 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST
Kris Adams, UTEP
Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State
Brandon Banks, Kansas State
Doug Beaumont, Louisville
Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
Antonio Brown, Central Michigan
DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
Tyron Carrier, Houston
Eric Decker, Minnesota
Jacoby Ford, Clemson
Cortez Gent, Florida Atlantic
Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
AJ Green, Georgia
Rashaun Greer, Colorado State
D'Andre Goodwin, Washington
T.Y. Hilton, Florida International
Shay Hodge, Ole Miss
Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
Damaris Johnson, Tulsa
Julio Jones, Alabama
Brandon LaFell, LSU
Detron Lewis, Texas Tech
Kerry Meier, Kansas
Dennis Pitta, BYU
Taylor Price, Ohio
Aldrick Robinson, SMU
Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo
Greg Salas, Hawaii
Jordan Shipley, Texas
Jacory Stone, Eastern Michigan
Golden Tate, Notre Dame
Damian Williams, USC
Stephen Williams, Toledo
Ryan Wolfe, UNLV