Jim Thorpe Award: Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks to be honored Tuesday night

Banks expected to be a first-round selection at the NFL Draft in April. He's the fourth consecutive winner from the SEC.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 4, 2013
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Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner, will be honored at a Tuesday banquet at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Banks finished his senior season with 63 tackles, four interceptions and seven breakups, and was a first-team All-SEC selection. He's projected in several mock drafts as a first-round selection in April's NFL Draft.

He beat out Alabama's Dee Milliner and Fresno State's Phillip Thomas for the Jim Thorpe Award, and becomes the award's fourth consecutive winner from the SEC.

Monday morning, Banks went to Tener's Boots in Oklahoma City, where he was fitted for his boots and cowboy hat, a custom for each Thorpe Award winner.

Banks was presented the Jim Thorpe Award in early December, at the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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