Banks Earns Second Big 12 Weekly Honor

DALLAS, Texas - For the second time this season, Kansas State kick returner Brandon Banks has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after another record-breaking performance, the conference office has announced.

The accolade marked the third of Banks' career and the second this season after being honored following the Tennessee Tech game. It also marked the first time since 2002 that a Wildcat earned two Big 12 special teams honors in the same season as Terrence Newman was honored following games against Louisiana-Monroe and Missouri.

With Kansas State leading 38-0 at halftime against Texas A&M, Banks continued the Wildcats' scoring ways as he returned the second-half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. It was his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season, setting the school and Big 12 record. The return was also the fourth of his career, which tied the conference record with Oklahoma State's Perrish Cox, who returned four from 2006-2008.

The Garner, N.C., native also totaled 242 all-purpose yards on Saturday, bringing his season average to 173.1 yards per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and 10th nationally. Banks' current career average of 155.1 yards per game ranks second in the K-State record books.

Kansas State returns to action on Saturday as the Wildcats host Colorado at 11:30 a.m., on FCS. Tickets remain for Saturday's game, including $20 tickets for alumni and young alumni members. The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.k-statesports.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling 1-800-221-CATS.