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Banking On an Escape Artist

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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