Banks Named Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State kick returner Brandon Banks has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his record-breaking performance against Tennessee Tech, the league office has announced.

The accolade marked the first time this season that a Wildcat has earned weekly honors from the Big 12, while the recognition was the second for Banks in his career.

Banks accomplished a feat on Saturday that only 11 other players in NCAA history have matched as the senior tied an NCAA record and set a new Big 12 mark by returning a pair of Tennessee Tech kickoffs for touchdowns (91 and 92 yards).

Banks, who averaged 91.5 yards per return on the day, became the first player in school history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, became the first player in the nation to do so since Brandon Breazell of UCLA back in 2005, and gave K-State its 69th and 70th non-offensive touchdowns since the 1999 season. On the year, Banks is ranked fourth nationally with his 39.4 kickoff return average and his two touchdowns tie the K-State single-season record and are the second-most in the nation this season.

The Garner, N.C., native also totaled 303 all-purpose yards on Saturday, a figure that ranks fifth in single-season school history. Banks' performance against the Golden Eagles, which also included 90 receiving yards, propelled him to the top of the Big 12 rankings in kickoff return scores, yards, average and all-purpose yardage.

Kansas State returns to action this Saturday as it opens Big 12 Conference play with Iowa State at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox College Sports. Tickets remain available at www.ticketmaster.com.