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2012 First Team All-WAC
2012: A first team All-WAC honoree as a return specialist ... Caught 33 passes for 434 yards and two touchdowns while returning 39 kickoffs for a school record 1,044 yards and a score and returned 20 punts for 120 yards ... Caught three passes for 27 yards at Houston (9/8) in his first game in a Louisiana Tech uniform ... Caught four passes for 65 yards in a 56-37 win over Rice (9/15) ... Caught two passes for 29 yards at Illinois (9/22) including a 27-yard touchdown reception for his first score in a Bulldog uniform while also returning two kickoffs for 43 yards ... Caught three passes for 59 yards - including a 48-yard reception - and returned five kickoffs 152 yards with a career-best 94-yard return in a 44-38 win at Virginia (9/29) ... Caught three passes for 26 yards and returned three kickoffs for 80 yards ina 58-31 win over UNLV (10/6) ... Caught two passes for 14 yards and returned one kickoff 29 yards against No. 22 Texas A&M (10/13) ... Caught two passes for 20 yards, returned five kickoffs for 121 yards and returned three punts for 13 yards in Tech's 70-28 win over Idaho (10/20) ... Caught four passes for 42 yards at New Mexico State (10/27) while returning four punts for 25 yards including a personal best 21-yard punt return and returned one kickoff 24 yards ... Returned two kickoffs for 86 yards including a 63-yard return while also catching one pass for six yards against UTSA (11/3) ... Registered 96 yards receiving on five catches with a 49-yard touchdown catch near the end of the first half and recorded a 21-yard punt return at Texas State (11/10) ... Returned seven kickoffs 235 yards including a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and returned two punts for 13 yards against Utah State (11/17) ... Caught four passes for 50 yards at San Jose State (11/24).
2011: Sat out the 2011 season due to the NCAA transfer rule.
2010 (Tulane): Played in all 12 games, starting in six ... Finished the year ranked second on the team in receiving with 47 catches for 419 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 8.9 yards per catch ... Ran the ball 18 times during the year for 83 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and ending the season ranked fourth on the team in rushing ... On special teams, recorded five kickoff returns for 87 yards and one punt return for zero yards ... Posted seven catches in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana (9/2), leading the team with 65 receiving yards and a game-best 20-yard reception ... Was second on the team in receiving against Ole Miss (9/11) with six catches for 85 yards and a game-best 23-yard reception ... Caught one pass at Houston (9/25) for a three-yard gain ... Caught two passes at Rutgers (10/2) for 10 yards ... Caught his first career touchdown pass against Army (10/9), a five-yard pass from Ryan Griffin, in a game where he caught two passes for 19 yards ... Was second on the team in receiving at Tulsa (10/16) with eight catches (a career-best mark) for 61 yards ... Caught four passes for 26 yards at UTEP (10/23), finishing the game second in receiving ... Caught two passes for six yards against SMU (10/30) ... Caught seven passes for 65 yards against Southern Miss (11/6) with a career-long 24-yard catch for a touchdown ... Ran the ball twice for 20 yards and two touchdowns against Rice (11/13) with a nine-yard run in the first quarter and an 11-yard run in the second quarter while catching five passes for 53 yards in a game that included an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin as a part of a 54-49 win over the Owls ... Ran the ball once for three yards and returned a career-best five kickoffs for 87 yards against UCF (11/20) ... Caught three passes for 20 yards and ran the ball once for a two-yard gain in the season finale at Marshall (11/27).
2009 (Tulane): Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, including starts at wide receiver against Houston (10/17) and LSU (10/31) ... Led team in punt returns (6) while finishing second on the team in kickoff returns (18), kickoff return yards (343) and punt return yards (17), fourth in all-purpose yards (441), fifth in receiving yards (69) and tied for seventh in receptions (7) ... Also ran seven times for 12 yards and completed 1-of-3 passes for 39 yards and an interception ... Posted a season-best three receptions for 43 yards against Houston in first career start ... Also had catches against Marshall (10/10), at Southern Miss (10/24), at LSU and at Rice (11/14) ... Completed lone pass of career in season-opener vs. Tulsa (9/24) ... Returned a season-high four kickoffs twice: vs. Tulsa for 62 yards and at UCF (11/21) for a career-best 119 yards ... Had a career-long 47-yard return against the Knights.
High School: Two-year letterman at St. Fredericks High where he played running back and defensive back for coach Paul Guerrerio before playing his final two prep seasons at West Monroe High where he played quarterback, running back and receiver for coach Don Shows ... Named three-star recruit and the No. 41 prospect in the state by Rivals.com ... Named three-star recruit and No. 145 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com ... Recognized by ESPN.com as the No. 152 athlete in the country ... For his career, ran for 3,867 yards and 54 touchdowns, hauled in 89 passes for 1,250 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 150-of-246 passes for 2,902 yards and 28 scores on offense, while tallying 79 tackles and nine interceptions on defense ... Named 1A all-state as a sophomore and 5A all-state as a senior while claiming All-Northeast Louisiana and first-team all-district honors each year as a prepster ... In 2008, helped lead the Rebels advance to the state title game while throwing for 1,620 yards and 15 touchdowns on 77-of-120 passes and running for 844 yards and 16 touchdowns on 113 carries ... Named MVP of the state championship game and district MVP ... As a junior, caught 31 passes for 421 yards and seven touchdowns, and completed 40-of-59 passes for 632 yards and four touchdowns ... As a sophomore at St. Fredericks, posted 1,828 yards and 27 touchdowns on 261 carries, hauled in 22 passes for 337 yards and threw for 411 yards and four scores on 21-of-38 passing, while tallying 38 tackles ... As a freshman, ran for 849 yards and seven touchdowns on 149 carries, caught 31 passes for 392 yards, threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns on 12-of-24 passes and logged 41 tackles to go with nine interceptions ... Also earned four letters in baseball where he was an all-district outfielder from 2005-07 ... Off the field, was a member of the National Honor Society and Broadcasting Club, and was named Mr. West Monroe High School.
Personal: Born Donald Gene Banks, Jr. on Jan. 9, 1991, in Fort Polk, La. ... Son of Don, Sr. and Sharlaski Banks ... Has two sisters: Le'Chia and Donecia.