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Banking On an Escape Artist

James Banks came to Tennessee with the reputation of being an extraordinary escape artist. His exploits at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis were legendary; he once chased down a high snap while in punt formation (yes, he was the Giants' punter) and returned it for an 89-yard touchdown in a playoff game. It seemed like his biggest gains came on broken plays as his ability to turn potential disaster into game-winning efforts was unparalleled.

Banks showed some of that same ability at Tennessee as a true freshman when he led Georgia Bulldog defenders on many merry chases in his first start as a college quarterback, and almost led the Vols to an upset at Athens. As a sophomore, he moved to wide receiver and the big plays continued. His reception of a deflected pass in the end zone on the last play of the first half against Florida...

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