September 9, 2008

GoPowercat Q&A: Brandon Banks

Pound for pound, junior Brandon Banks has been Kansas State's most productive wide receiver through the early stages of the 2008 season. The 5-foot-7, 142-pound wideout has accounted for 183 yards and found the end zone on three occasions during his two games as a Wildcat, showing the world that his talent extends far beyond his tiny frame.

The Bakersfield (Calif.) College transfer expects critics to remain, however, and is used to erasing the doubt that, fairly or not, comes along with his non-traditional stature. Banks recently spoke about the roadblocks his lack of "wide receiver size" has created and what he does to push past them in this week's Q&A.

I know you've only been on the field twice here, but have any opposing cornerbacks lipped off to you about your size yet?
Not really. The opposing cornerbacks haven't done it yet, but our cornerbacks have. They joke and laugh about it. I think they're confident in my abilities and my speed, but they like to have fun with it.

Who was the first player to make a comment about it?
When I first showed up here, everybody said something. They kept asking me how I played football at this size. They kept saying, "I hope you're fast," I don't want to signal anybody out though.

C'mon, who was the first person to say something? I know a lot of these guys think they're pretty funny.
OK, it was probably Josh Freeman. I think I've changed him though. I've gained his trust in the last two games. He knows he can throw to me and trust me with the ball. It's going real well now.

How would you evaluate your performance so far?
I think it's been real good. I just try to go out there, do my job and help my team win.

Have your teammates told you how much harder things are going to get when the Big 12 season starts??
They've been telling me things aren't going to always be as easy as they have been for the past two games. I think I'm getting prepared for it though. I'm just going to keep doing my thing.

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