STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State All-American defensive back Johnthan Banks was named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll Monday for the second time this season, while fellow senior Marcus Green was named to the midseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the best collegiate tight end.
One of three players to earn the weekly nod, Banks picked up the honor after limiting a Tennessee passing attack that was averaging 329 yards per game (10th in FBS) to just 148 yards Saturday night in the 41-31 victory. The Maben, Miss., native held midseason All-American wide receiver Justin Hunter to just two catches, while helping limit Vols' quarterback Tyler Bray to a career lows as a starter in completions (13) and yards. The team captain was thrown at five times, allowing just two catches for 28 yards.
Clinging to a three-point lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game against the Big Orange and MSU's undefeated season on the line, Banks forced and recovered a fumble that completely changed the momentum of the game and secured MSU's sixth victory of the 2012 campaign.
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Green was one of just 26 players on the midseason watch list, which will select semifinalists on Nov. 12. The Scooba, Miss., native recorded a career game vs. Tennessee in which he recorded a career-high six catches for 71 yards with a career-best tying two touchdowns.
Banks, Green and the rest of the undefeated No. 15 Bulldogs return to action Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium for homecoming against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the Mississippi State Radio Network.