Mississippi State's Banks receives Thorpe Award

Updated: February 5, 2013, 11:19 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Johnthan Banks always appreciated that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen offered an opportunity to a scrawny, 150-pound kid from a small town and a hard-to-find school. He certainly is making the most of it.

Banks was presented the Thorpe Award on Tuesday as college football's best defensive back. He finished last season with four interceptions, running his career total to 16 to tie the school record at Mississippi State.

"This was one of my biggest goals. I never ...

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