Mississippi State Bulldogs: 50 Greatest Athletes in School History

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Aug 15, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) breaks up pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

#26 Johnthan Banks, Football Cornerback (2009-2012)

For my take, Banks has to be on this list. He is the only Bulldog to win the national award for being the best at his position. Banks won the 2012 Jim Thorpe award for best defensive back in college football, and that alone means he needs to be on the All Time team. Banks was great in coverage, which is proven by his 15 interceptions in four years. But he was a complete player as well. Banks had 139 tackles in his four seasons to go along with 5 forced fumbles. Johnthan Banks is currently playing for the same team who drafted him in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a key piece in the rebuilding effort taking place under Head Coach Lovie Smith.

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