While Johnthan Banks spends much of his time studying film, Mississippi State’s senior cornerback turned the tables and is now starring in a film of his own.
As part of MSU’s efforts to promote the All-American corner, it filmed “A Day in the Life of Johnthan Banks,” a half-funny, half-serious video highlighting Banks’ play on the field, as well as his personality outside of game days.
The video will be sent off to everyone from ESPN and CBS to those at the offices of the Jim Thorpe Award and the Paul Hornung Award, honors given to the top defensive back and most versatile player in college football, respectively.
MSU’s media relations extraordinaire Kyle Niblett was the creative mind behind the video as he sought various ways to bring attention to MSU’s players who deserved to get it, and he tells us this won’t be the last such item hyping up Banks this season, with more coming Friday.
“As a staff, it’s a priority that we promote all of our exceptional student-athletes on a national level so that college sports fans across the country know just what type of character and talent resides here in Starkville,” Niblett said. “It was a collaborative group effort in terms of the concept, planning and execution of the video. We wanted to do something viral that displayed Johnthan’s charismatic personality, highlighted his All-American talent and visually showcased our beautiful campus.”
The charisma certainly shines through in the video, but as Niblett pointed out, there is a sacrifice Banks made most won’t know about.
When Banks decided to return to MSU for his senior year rather than enter the NFL Draft after last season, it was with the intention of bieng a leader to his teammates and doing all he could to help Mississippi State.
“What’s really neat about Johnthan is that he was willing to shoot this video on his birthday, a day which happened to be the only time during the Kentucky week besides sleeping where he had a substantial block of free time,” Niblett said. “With the time constraints on student-athletes nowadays, it says a lot about his character to take time out of his schedule to help us film this piece.”
Banks has been named midseason All-American by ESPN, CBS Sports, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated and Scout.com, and he is expected to be named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award later this week.
If you just can’t get enough Banks – and unless you’re an opposing receiver, you probably can’t – you can catch the cornerback on CBS Sports Network tonight as a part of a 30-minute all-access show at 6:30 p.m. central. Click here to see how you can watch.