Banks Named Honorary Captain

Sept. 1, 2011

IOWA CITY, IA – Former University of Iowa All-America quarterback Brad Banks has been named honorary captain for Saturday’s game against Tennessee Tech. The Hawkeyes face the Golden Eagles in a nationally televised game on BTN with kickoff set for 11:01 a.m., in Kinnick Stadium. The game is sold out, which means Iowa has sold out 50 of its last 52 home games.

Banks led the 2002 Hawkeye football team to a Big Ten co-championship. Iowa had a perfect 8-0 league mark and an overall record of 11-2. The 2002 Hawkeyes made their first appearance in a BCS bowl game by playing Southern Cal in the FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami.

Banks was runner-up to USC’s Carson Palmer in the 2002 Heisman Trophy race. He won the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top collegiate quarterback and was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player following a spectacular campaign. He was also a co-MVP for the Hawkeyes.

During the 2002 season the Hawkeyes set an all-time school record for touchdowns in a season (60). Banks had 2,996 yards of total offense that year, a figure that still ranks third in the Iowa record books. His career passing efficiency (155.53) is still the best in Iowa football annals.

Banks will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for the pre-game coin flip. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game and on the sidelines during the contest.