Thursday, December 9, 2010, 12:11 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
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Before he proved doubters wrong in the NFL that a 5-foot-7, 155-pound player could make an impact, Redskins rookie Brandon Banks had to do the same at Kansas State.
Following two years at Bakersfield (Calif.) Community College, Banks arrived at K-State before the 2008 season.
Banks quickly performed at a high level for the Wildcats offense, catching 67 of Josh Freemans passes for 1,049 yards as a junior.
That success and Banks impact on the Redskins hasnt surprised Freeman, who leads the Buccaneers into FedEx Field on Sunday.
Before the 2008 season, I sat down with the receivers coach and watched some film and the guy was explosive, Freeman said. There was no doubt in my mind that if he got a shot in the NFL, he would make it on a team and be able to be a big asset.
Freeman hosted Banks on his K-State recruiting trip and were teammates for one year before Freeman was a first round pick for Tampa Bay. Banks made the Redskins roster this year as an undrafted free agent and is seventh in kickoff returns (26.5-yard average) and 11th on punt returns (11.3-yard average).
Hes a very passionate competitor, Freeman said. He wants to go out and make something happen every time he gets the ball in his hands. Hes just a rare talent. It was really a pleasure spending the year I did with him.
Freeman believes Banks can help the Redskins as a receiver if given the chance.
He was a 1,000-yard receiver for me at Kansas State, he said. He has such great ball skills and he moves so well, he makes up for his size or any deficiency he has in the height department.
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