Banks 'love' for football proves to be worthy investment
Junior running back on cusp of 1,000-yard season
Arrowvision photo by Shaun HillSanchez Banks breaks into the open against Edmond Memorial last Friday.
Through Broken Arrow’s first five game, Sanchez Banks was third on the Tiger rushing charts with 196 yards.
At that point of the season, even the best of sports prognosticators would not have predicted what they were about to see from the 5-foot 10-inch, 205-pound junior. If Banks can run for 136 yards on Friday, he will have produced the Tigers’ eighth 1,000-yard rushing season this decade and, including the playoffs, will have a chance to move into the top 10 on the all-time single-season rushing list.
“Where he started the season, as far down on the depth chart as he started, I couldn’t be more proud of that kid,” Coach David Alexander said after Banks’ 158-yard, three-touchdown performance in Broken Arrow’s, 45-8, win over Edmond Memorial.
Just a little more than a month ago, Banks was the Tigers fourth option at tailback. While injuries opened the window for Banks, it was hard work and attitude that allowed him to shine through and become one of the brightest rays of sunshine in the Broken Arrow offense.
“I just kept a positive mindset,” Bank said. “That’s really it.”
That and “my Mom kind of encouraged me.”
It must have been a tremendously inspiring conversation.
In his first game as the featured back, Banks demonstrated he could be a worth investing in.
He established personal career highs in the, 55-14, win over the Jaguars. The stat line: 31 carries, 204 yards and four touchdowns.
Since then, Banks’ interest payment has been high. He ran for 119 against Edmond Santa Fe, 190 against Yukon and 155 against Edmond Memorial. The season numbers: 864 yards and nine touchdowns.
“He’s going to be a great example for us for years,” Alexander said. “It would have been very easy for Sanchez to get his head down and make excuses back in August when he wasn’t getting any reps in practice.
“You know what he did? He had great JV games against Union and Jenks. He had big runs and he just kept earning playing time.”
Banks still believes his best is ahead of him.
“I know, myself, I can get better,” he said. “So, I’m going to work on getting better.”
This once fourth string tailback has earned his coach’s trust.
“He just comes to work every day with a big smile on his face and he loves, loves football,” Alexander said.
Though Banks was not around when Alexander spoke those words, it was still as if he was within earshot.
“I love everybody’s energy,” Banks said. “If I see somebody down, I’m going to try to get them up. That’s how I am, because I love being around football.”
And, he’s loving his way to a 1,000 yard season