Banks, Campbell Lead Cats on All-Big 12

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State placed a total of eight student-athletes on the 2008 All-Big 12 football teams, led by Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Brandon Banks and defensive end Ian Campbell, conference officials announced Tuesday. Selections were made by the Big 12 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.


Along with Banks’ individual honor, Campbell earned second team honors as a defensive lineman after garnering first team accolades in 2006 and 2007. Earning honorable mention honors for the Wildcats were senior offensive lineman Jordan Bedore, junior defensive lineman Eric Childs, freshman defensive lineman Brandon Harold, sophomore defensive back Joshua Moore, senior kicker Brooks Rossman, junior offensive lineman Nick Stringer and Banks, a junior, as a wide receiver, punt returner and kick returner.


Banks became the second straight Wildcat to earn offensive newcomer of the year accolades after Deon Murphy took the honor in 2007. In all, Kansas State has now had eight players earn conference newcomer of the year honors since 1996.


The Garner, N.C., native had one of the best seasons in school history for a junior wide receiver after collecting 67 receptions for 1,049 yards and nine touchdowns. He became the sixth player in school history to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season and his 67 catches and 1,049 receiving yards were the most by a Wildcat junior for a single season.


Banks also contributed on special teams in 2008 as he collected 498 yards on 18 kickoff returns and five punt returns for 58 yards. His 98-yard kickoff return against Nebraska tied for the fifth-longest in school history. Banks’ 1,731 total all-purpose yardage in 2008 ranks fifth in single-season school history, while his 144.2 all-purpose yards per game mark checks in at No. 8 on the K-State single-season records chart.


A native of Cimarron, Kan., Campbell recorded 47 total tackles during his senior season in 2008, including 8.0 for losses, with 4.5 sacks and a school-record three blocked field goals. Campbell recorded his best games of the 2008 season against Louisiana and Iowa State, carding 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pass break up against the Ragin’ Cajuns, while closing out his career with 10 stops and a blocked field goal against the Cyclones.


The only returning two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection in the league this season, Campbell ranks sixth in school history with 20.5 career sacks and compiled 37.5 tackles for loss in his career.





Ian Campbell, DL



Brandon Banks, WR/PR/KR; Jordan Bedore, OL; Eric Childs, DL; Brandon Harold, DL; Joshua Moore, DB; Brooks Rossman, PK; Nick Stringer, OL.