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Postby Dazedncnfz » Tue Apr 29, 2003 8:46 am

ASHBURN, Va. -- Iowa quarterback Brad Banks, the national player of the year and Heisman Trophy runner-up, was one of 12 undrafted free agents signed Monday by the Washington Redskins.

Banks passed for 25 touchdowns, rushed for five, threw just four interceptions and led the nation with a 166.0 rating in the regular season last year for the Hawkeyes. He led Iowa to an 11-1 record before a 38-17 loss to Southern California in the Orange Bowl.

Despite the numbers, Banks wasn't considered a top NFL prospect, mainly because he's just 5-foot-11. Coach Steve Spurrier said he envisions Banks running a lot of shotgun and bootleg in training camp and exhibition games.

"He's obviously a player you move around a bit," Spurrier said. "We thought Brad would give us a change of pace."

Banks will compete against seventh-round draft pick Gibran Hamdan of Indiana for the third-string quarterback job behind Patrick Ramsey and Rob Johnson
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Postby fntsyrookie » Tue Apr 29, 2003 11:57 am

Banks might make the team as a special teams type player. Not only punt and kickoff returns, but a smaller guy that can line up in the slot. Maybe run a few trick plays with him. Reverses, flea-flickers that sort of thing. Obviously he can throw pretty well.

I agree with Spurrier :-o He's a change of pace type player.
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Postby 9er Fan » Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:25 pm

Or, with Spurrier at the helm, he could be starting by week 3.


Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-D
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Postby Homeless » Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:35 pm

9er Fan wrote:Or, with Spurrier at the helm, he could be starting by week 3.


Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-D


HAHAHA !! so true.
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Postby DUKE » Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:57 pm

I don't see him as a special teams player. A misconception about Banks is that he's a very fast Qb, but that's not really the case. His 40 times were 4.71 and 4.75 which was slower than most of the top qb's in the draft (Palmer,Boller) except for Leftwich, who wasn't too much slower. If he plays it's gonna be at qb. Maybe as a 3rd backup such as Joe Hamilton. I'm still suprised that Gibran Hamdan went before him though.
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Postby Slingblade » Tue Apr 29, 2003 3:03 pm

9er Fan wrote:Or, with Spurrier at the helm, he could be starting by week 3.


Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-D


so true!
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