Johnthan Banks Named Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - After nabbing two interceptions in the SEC-opening win vs. Auburn this past Saturday, Mississippi State All-American defensive back Johnthan Banks was named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week, the Jim Thorpe Association announced Wednesday.

In addition to the Thorpe honor, Banks was also one of three players nationally to be named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll this past Monday, recognizing the most versatile, single-game performances by FBS football players nationwide. Furthermore, the Maben, Miss., native was named's National Defensive Player of the Week as well as's All-Purpose Performer of the Week for his performance Saturday.

During the first 47 minutes of play vs. Auburn, the team captain was thrown at just twice, nabbing interceptions both times. His defensive play resulted in -2 passing yards at the half for the Tigers. Banks is currently tied for third in the country with two interceptions in 2012, while tying for first nationally among active FBS players with 14 career picks.

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Johnthan Banks Week Two Honors:
Jim Thorpe Award National Defensive Back of the Week
Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll SEC Defensive Player of the Week National Defensive Player of the Week All-Purpose Performer of the Week


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