Miss. State's Banks receives Thorpe Award
FEB 05, 2013 7:21p ET
Banks was presented the Thorpe Award in Oklahoma City on Tuesday as college football's best defensive back. He finished last season with four interceptions, running his career total to 16 to tie the school record at Mississippi State.
Mullen says he wasn't sure where to put Banks when he first arrived on campus, and that offensive coaches were disappointed when he eventually ended up on defense. Banks started out at free safety and eventually grew into a premier cornerback.
Banks is the fourth straight Thorpe winner from the Southeastern Conference.