Banks Named Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Banks has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Nebraska, the league office has announced.


The honor marked the fourth time this season that a Wildcat has earned weekly honors from the Big 12 as Josh Freeman (offense), Courtney Herndon (defense) and Brooks Rossman (special teams) each garnered the award earlier this season.


Banks, a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year candidate, returned four kickoffs for 167 yards against Nebraska, including a 98-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The return tied for the second-longest in the Big 12 this season and tied for the longest in league games. It was the 13th kickoff return for a touchdown in school history and the first by a Wildcat since James Johnson went 85 yards for a score at Texas on Sept. 29, 2007.


The junior leads the Wildcats in receiving with 60 catches for 933 yards and eight touchdowns, seven of which have gone for 30 or more yards. Banks also needs just 67 more receiving yards to become the sixth receiver in school history to reach 1,000 yards for a season.


Kansas State closes out the 2008 season on Saturday as Iowa State visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:35 p.m.