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Calvin Bannister

Height: 5-08 | Weight: 181 | College: Hampton
 
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Overview

He's not a household name, but most opposing offensive coordinators are in agreement -- Bannister is the best man coverage defender in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks. If not for torn ankle ligaments that cost him four games in 2005, Bannister would have garnered All-American recognition as a junior. In eight games that season, he allowed opposing receivers to catch only eight passes for 57 yards.

Bannister was an All-Conference selection who earned Defensive Player of the Year honors at William Fleming High School. He also excelled in track, winning the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at the 2002 Regional meet. He later won the state championship in the 400-meter dash and finished second in the long jump at the 2002 Virginia High School League Outdoor Track Meet.

Bannister spent one season at Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at Hampton. He did not play in the season opener against Villanova, but went on to start nine games for the Pirates as a true freshman in 2003. Bannister posted 19 tackles (10 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage. He caused and recovered a fumble and also recovered another fumble on a punt return. Bannister ranked second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with 16 passes defended (two interceptions, fourteen break-ups).

As a sophomore, Bannister collected 27 tackles (21 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage in 11 games, missing the South Carolina State game with a hamstring strain. He returned a fumble recovery 32 yards for a score, blocked three kicks and had three interceptions. He also led the MEAC with 19 pass deflections.

In 2005, Bannister started the first four games at left cornerback and the final four contests at right corner. He missed four mid-season games after he suffered partially torn ligaments in his right ankle against. Morgan State. He managed only nine tackles (7 solos), but batted away 10 passes, intercepted another and blocked two kicks. He also averaged 25.9 yards on 12 kickoff returns.

The 2006 season saw Bannister return to full health, and he produced three interceptions and a team-leading eight passes broken up. Bannister had 34 tackles, including 1.5 for losses.

Analysis

Positives: Has outstanding timed speed and change of direction agility … Jumps with excellent timing and has the hand/eye coordination to mirror the receiver throughout the route progression … Plays with good urgency and is very devout with his conditioning … Flashes good aggression behind his hits and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body to make the play … Despite his lack of size, he won't get lost in coverage and is aggressive when attacking the ball in flight … Shows very good timing getting his hand in the receiver's face to make the pass deflection … Solid, physical pass defender who is active with his hands, showing the power to jam and reroute the opponent … Looks very natural and smooth turning out of his breaks and has the burst of speed needed to close … Capable of mirroring the receiver, possessing sharp plant-and-drive agility and smooth movements to stay stride-for-stride with his man on deep routes … Doesn't stay in his peddle for too long and is very explosive coming out of his breaks … Shows good balance and body control in transition and can flip his hips to close on the ball … His rapid-fire foot quickness and sudden hip turn allows him to maintain acceleration in transition … Reads the quarterback and receiver well in man coverage and can transition and time his burst to make a play on the ball in flight … Will fool a lethargic receiver with a big cushion, but in an instant be right on the opponent's hips, reminiscent of former Redskins great Darrell Green for that ability, along with his ability to quickly close ground with the ball in flight … Won't blow up defenders with punishing hits, but he can use his hands to shed and be a nuisance for a perimeter running game … When he takes good angles, more often than not he will lower his shoulder and thump the ball carrier … Can stymie a receiver when he takes arm swipes at the opponent and is sure to hang on and drag his man down.

Negatives: Good at eyeing the quarterback and playing the man tight in deep coverage, but needs to show a better feel for assignment switch-offs in the zone … Sometimes gets off-track with his back to the ball, but does a good job of looking the ball in over his shoulders on the move … Has good vision and anticipation skills, but needs to see the deep routes develop a little quicker … Can sink under deep throws and react to things in front of him, but needs to be more decisive when switching off … Tracks the ball well, but sometimes loses sight of it when the ball is coming over his inside shoulder … Gets good elevation in his jumps and is very effective at batting away the ball, but he needs to do a better job of extending and catching away from his framework.

Career Notes

Bannister finished his career having played in 43 games for Hampton, recording 43 tackles, nine interceptions and more than 50 passes defended. He also blocked five kicks the past two seasons.

2006 Season

All-American and All-Mid Eastern Conference first-team preseason selection by The NFL Draft Report … Rated the best man coverage defender in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks by that scouting service … Played in all 12 games, finishing with three interceptions and a team-best eight passes broken up.

2006 Game Analysis

Grambling State … Bannister allowed only two of the 21 passes that GSU completed, as he delivered seven solo tackles with two stops behind the line of scrimmage, a pair of pass deflections and a recovery of a blocked field goal attempt, as Hampton showed that they're still the team to beat in black college football after defeating Grambling State, 27-26 in overtime in the Ford MEAC-SWAC Challenge. The two teams shared the SBN Black College National Championship in 2005, but Bannister's ability to shut down receivers in his area (GSU would gain 247 yards and four touchdowns passing to the other side of the field) helped the Pirates win their season opener and their fifth consecutive game over the Tigers … Early in the second quarter, GSU was forced to punt when Bannister deflected a third-&-12 pass from Brandon Landers that was intended for receiver Henry Tolbert … Later in that quarter, Calvin made a spectacular interception … On the next drive, he ended the GSU series when he batted down a third-&-24 toss from Landers … He killed a fourth quarter drive when he stopped receiver Clyde Edwards for a 2-yard loss on a third-&-11 pass … Calvin then stopped Henry Tolbert from getting to a third-&-goal pass and the Tigers would then attempt to kick a 32-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked and Bannister recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback … With 3:40 left in the game, he tackled Landry Carter for a 2-yard loss on a rushing attempt and on the next play (third-&-9), he pressured Brandon Landers out of the pocket and the QB was sacked by Hampton's Alden Blizzard for a 7-yard loss, causing a fumble that the Pirates recovered at the GAS 31, forcing the game into overtime … For the day, Calvin was credited with five stops on third-down plays and one more on fourth-down … He put on a pass defense clinic, as Tiger receivers managed to catch only two of twelve passes thrown into Bannister's area … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#80-Tim Abney (6:01-210)-Two catches for 24 yards (Abney caught two other passes for 32 yards vs. Hampton safeties when he shifted inside to slot-back in the second half).

Howard … Bannister posted three tackles (2 solos) and stopped receiver Arlandus Hood from getting to four passes thrown into Calvin's area, as Hampton rolled to a 46-7 win …

He chased down QB William Blanden on a 14-yard run midway through the first quarter, stopping Hood and Rodney Slappy from getting to Blanden's passes on the next two plays … Hood later was stopped by Bannister from getting to a deep pass with five minutes left to play … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Arlandus Hood (6:02-195)-One catch for 3 yards.

North Carolina A&T … Bannister did not allow a reception in a game for the tenth time in his career, making three solo tackles while returning a kickoff 28 yards in a 48-14 triumph. The win marked the 20th consecutive regular season victory for Hampton and the Pirates' 13th straight conference win … Calvin's 28-yard kickoff return helped set up tailback Kevin Beverly's 1-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter … In the fourth quarter, receiver Andre Garth could not shake off Calvin when attempting to get to a deep seam pass …

Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#3-Chaz Dawson (5:09-165)-No catches.

Morgan State … Calvin was beaten for a touchdown, but came up with four solo tackles and prevented his assignment from getting to three other passes. He also gained 33 yards on a kickoff return, as the Pirates prevailed for a 26-7 win in the New York Urban League Classic at Giants Stadium. The victory was the 500th all-time for the Hampton football program in 105 years of competition … MSU QB Byron Selby ran for 29 yards and then connected with Rodrick Wolfe for a 13-yard gain, as the Bears found themselves inside the Hampton 10-yard line. Selby rushed to the line and tossed a jump ball into the corner of the end zone where the 6:04 Wolfe was able to take advantage of the 5:08 Bannister for the touch-down with three seconds still on the clock in the first half … Calvin returned a third quarter kickoff 33 yards and also had an additional 15 yards tacked on when am MSU player was flagged for grabbing Bannister's face mask … He then chased down Selby on a third-&-6 bootleg that netted 10 yards … Bannister exacted some revenge for the touch-down he allowed when Wolfe had a 23-yard catch nullified in the fourth quarter when the receiver pushed Calvin on the play, drawing a 15-yard pass interference penalty … Head to Head Competition-WR#14-Rodrick Wolfe (6:04, 190)-Three catches for 30 yards and a touchdown (prevented Wolfe from getting to three other throws).

Delaware State … Bannister held heralded Clemson transfer, Kelvin Grant, to no receptions, as the Hampton cornerback posted five tackles with a pass break-up and assisted in a stop behind the line of scrimmage. Trailing 14-9 at the half, the team scored 20 unanswered points in the second half and limited Delaware State to a mere 23 yards of total offense after intermission, to walk away with a 29-14 victory over the host Hornets. With the win the Pirates (5-0, 4-0 MEAC) extended their regular season winning streak to 22 games, a streak that dates back to a 2004 loss at Delaware State … .Calvin rerouted receiver Shaheer McBride from getting to a third-&-19 toss from QB Vashon Winton on DSU's game-opening drive … He chased down Emmanuel Mark on a 2-yard run during the Hornets' next drive and then deflected a third-&-5 pass from Winton that was intended for Kelvin Grant late in the third quarter … Both McBride and Blake Covington were jammed at the line of scrimmage by Bannister, preventing them from getting to Winton tosses on back-to-back plays at the start of the fourth quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#17-Kelvin Grant-No catches (Bannister also prevented three other throws from being completed).

Central State (Oh.) … Calvin blocked a kick, delivered three solo tackles and returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown, as he allowed CSU receivers to get to only two of nine passes thrown into Bannister's area, as Hampton pulled out a 42-12 win in the Circle City Classic … After allowing a 22-yard reception by Central State receiver Daniel Stover on the first possession of the game, Bannister redeemed himself by picking off another Ife Oyedokun pass intended for Stover and returning it 61 yards for a touchdown … Later in the first quarter, Bannister rerouted Stover and Tyrel Thompson on successive plays, preventing the receivers from getting to a pair of sideline throws … After CSU's an 8-yard touchdown pass from Oyedokun to Antonio Cooperwood, Bannister blocked the extra point attempt … Calvin later pressured the CSU quarterback and Oyedokun was flushed out the pocket by the cornerback, fumbling the ball in the process and Hampton recovered the ball at the CSU 40 … In the fourth quarter, Calvin came out of nowhere to prevent a potential touchdown when he chased down Chris Clark on a 12-yard run … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#11-Daniel Stover (6:01-202)-Two catches for 33 yards (Bannister stopped CSU receivers from getting to six other throws and intercepted another).

Norfolk State … Calvin deflected two passes, intercepted another for a 7-yard return and prevented receivers in his area from getting to four other passes, as he helped to lead Hampton to a 42-13 win over visiting Norfolk State in the Greyhound Battle of the Bay …

For the 33rd consecutive game the Hampton defense forced a turnover when Calvin Bannister picked off QB Casey Hansen to give the Pirates great field position at the NSU 27-yard line in the first quarter, setting up a 31-yard scoring strike from QB Princeton Shepherd to Marquay McDaniel … He killed a second quarter drive when Calvin knocked down a third-&-20 pass from Hampton that was intended for Derrick Baker … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Derrick Baker (5:08, 170)-One catch for 2 yards.

South Carolina State … Bannister only made two solo tackles with one pass break-up, but he prevented his assignment from getting to any of the four passes thrown into his area. However, the Bulldogs held visiting Hampton to just 201 total yards and ended the Pirates' 17-game conference winning streak in a 13-6 loss … Late in the first quarter, Calvin chased down William Ford on a 10-yard run … With 4:39 left in the second quarter, Bannister prevented three-straight passes thrown by QB Cleveland McCoy from being completed, including one on a third-&-10 play that forced State to punt, ending a 13-play, 50-yard drive … In the third quarter, DeShawn Baker took off on a run that looked like a certain touchdown, but Bannister tackled him after a 25-yard gain. Later in that drive on third-&-7, McCoy's pass intended for Gerald McCloud was deflected by Bannister … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#2-Gerald McCloud (6:02-195)-No catches (note-McCloud's only reception was an 8-yarder vs. safety Marlon Fair).

2005 Season

Calvin started the team's first four games at left cornerback and the final four contests on the right side … He sat out the Delaware State, Gardner-Webb, Norfolk State and South Carolina State clashes with partially torn ligaments in his right ankle, an injury that was expected to sideline him for the season, but the gritty pass defender made a rapid recovery to return to the field … Managed only nine tackles (7 solos), but opposing offensive coordinators game-planned away from his area … Showing his big-play ability, seven of his hits resulted in third-down stops … Deflected ten passes and intercepted another for a 7-yard return … Blocked two field goals and gained 15 yards on a partially blocked punt return … Also gained 311 yards on twelve kickoff returns (25.9 avg) … Allowed only eight receptions for 57 yards and a score vs. his main pass coverage assignment (average of one catch for 7.13 yards per game) … Those same receivers caught 178 passes for 2,446 yards (13.7 avg) and eight touchdowns for the year, averaging 2.66 receptions for 38.22 yards against all other cornerbacks for the season … Did not allow any receptions in the Howard, Morgan State and Richmond contests … Was a major part of a unit that ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency defense (84.02 rating) and scoring defense (14.00 ppg), third in pass defense (136.25 ypg) and sixth in total defense (270.92 ypg).

2005 Game Analysis

Jackson State … Calvin posted two tackles with an interception, three pass deflections and two kickoff returns for 70 yards. He would jump start the Hampton offense when he came out of the end zone with a kickoff return that amassed 51 yards late in the first quarter, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Pirates tailback Ardell Daniels … Midway through the third quarter, Calvin picked off a Steve Haren pass and returned the ball 7 yards … He later killed a scoring drive with 3:47 left to play when Bannister deflected Haren's third-&12 pass intended for Cletis Gordon to seal a 20-7 triumph … Paced a defense that allowed only 162 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Byron Johnson (6:02-193)-One catch for 11 yards (did not let Johnson get to six other passes intended for the receiver).

Howard … The defense gave up only 305 yards in a 22-12 win, as Calvin made one solo tackle, deflected one pass and returned two kickoffs for 51 yards … Midway through the first quarter, Bannister came out of his area to chase down Kevin Tyson after the receiver caught a 19-yard pass from QB Ronald Venters … Calvin later deflected a third-&-7 pass thrown by Venters that was intended for Larry Duncan with 5:32 left in the third quarter …

Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Arlandus Hood (6:02-195)-No receptions.

North Carolina A&T … In a 31-14 win, Bannister batted down two passes, blocked a field goal, returned two kickoffs for 46 yards and had a 15-yard punt return … His 26-yard kickoff return on the game's opening play set up a 3-yard scoring burst by Hampton's Alonzo Coleman … With one minute left in the first half, Calvin blocked a 37-yard field goal try by Joseph Arroyo … A missed assignment in the zone saw receiver Douglas Brown catch a 16-yard touchdown pass from Orrick Wilson, but Calvin made up for the miscue when he deflected a third-&-3 pass by Wilson that was intended for Brown, forcing A&T to punt with 6:58 left to play … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Douglas Brown (6:00-205)-Two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown (prevented Brown from getting to three other throws).

Morgan State … Calvin blocked a field goal, deflected a pass and returned a kickoff 36 yards, but partially torn ligaments in his right ankle would sideline him for the next four games … His 36-yard kickoff return on the first play of the game set up a 42-yard scoring scamper by Alonzo Coleman … Bannister would also block a 23-yard field goal try by James Meade later in the first quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Rodrick Wolfe (6:04-190)-No receptions (stopped Wolfe from catching two other passes).

Delaware State, Gardner-Webb, Norfolk State and South Carolina State … Did not play (ankle).

Bethune-Cookman … Returned to the lineup with two solo tackles and a kickoff return …

One of his stops came on a third-&-10 play with 6:40 left in the game, as Calvin came off his assignment to run down Darius Butler after the receiver caught a 26-yard pass from QB Jimmie Russell … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Jonathan Summers (5:09-170)-One catch for 5 yards (stopped Summers from catching six other passes).

Florida A&M … Bannister was in on two tackles with a pass break-up and gained 23 yards on a kickoff return in a 34-14 victory … One of his tackles came on a third-down play with 2:00 left in the first quarter, as he chased down Roosevelt Kiser on a 12-yard reception …

Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Craig Swain (6:02-185)-Three catches for 10 yards.

Savannah State … In a 44-6 rout, Bannister had one solo tackle, chasing down Clyde Tullis on a 12-yard reception on Savannah's game-opening drive … Also returned a kickoff 28 yards with 3:12 left in the first half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Michael Hicks (5:09-179)-One catch for 7 yards.

Richmond (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs) … Calvin closed out the season with two pass deflections, a solo tackle and two kickoff returns for 37 yards, as the defense allowed 258 aerial yards in a 38-10 loss … Bannister killed an early second quarter drive when he batted away a third-&-6 pass thrown by QB Stacy Tutt that was intended for Danny Desriveaux …

Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Matt Hale (6:02-195)-No receptions (kept Hale from catching two passes thrown to the receiver).

2004 Season

All-Mid Eastern Conference first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report … Led the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks with nineteen pass deflections while starting nine of eleven games at left cornerback … Intercepted three passes for 40 yards in returns and blocked three kicks (two PATs, one FG) … Recorded a career-high 27 tackles (21 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss and returned a fumble recovery 32 yards for a touchdown … Eleven of his tackles came on third-down plays and another was a fourth-down stop … Against his main pass coverage assignments, he allowed 31 catches for 332 yards and three scores … Those same receivers combined for 399 receptions for 5,645 yards (14.1 avg) and 40 touchdowns during the course of the 2004 campaign … His opponents finished with an average of 2.81 catches for 30.18 yards vs. Calvin, but averaged 3.57 catches and 51.58 yards per game against the rest of their competition … Bannister did not allow an opponent to catch any passes in the Jackson State and Norfolk State games.

2004 Game Analysis

Jackson State … Bannister opened the season with two pass deflections and a pair of tackles in a 38-19 triumph … Calvin killed an early second quarter drive when he batted down a third-&-13 pass thrown by QB Brian Green that was intended for Air'en Cabell … He again snuffed out a scoring drive by deflecting a third_7-10 pass from Green that was intended for Cabell on a third-&-10 deep pass with 12:53 left to play … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Air'en Cabell-No receptions (also knocked away two passes and prevented Cabell from getting to two other throws).

Howard … Intercepted one pass and deflected three others while delivering one solo tackle in a 47-14 win, leading a secondary that allowed only 114 yards … Picked off a third-&-7 pass thrown by Marcos Moreno at the start of the second quarter to set up a 19-yard touchdown run by Hampton tailback Ardell Daniels … Killed a scoring drive at the start of the second half when he knocked down a third-&-3 pass thrown by Moreno that was intended for Jarahn Williams … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Larry Duncan-Three catches for 32 yards (stopped Duncan from getting to three other passes and batted away three more throws).

Western Illinois … Collected a pair of pass break-ups with an interception and two solo tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage as Hampton downed WIU, 40-20 …

Bannister stopped his fifth scoring drive in three games when he deflected a third-&-3 post pass from Adam Smith that was intended for tailback Travis Glasford with 5:22 left in the first quarter … Smith was then replaced by Steve LaFalce, but Bannister introduced the new WIU quarterback to the game when he intercepted an early second quarter pass at the WIU 45 and returned the ball 40 yards to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Hampton's Alonzo Coleman on the next play … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Reggie Gray-Three catches for 28 yards (did not let Gray get to five other throws, including two break-ups).

Morgan State … Posted three solo tackles and batted away a career-high five passes as Morgan State attacked the Pirates' secondary for 340 yards in a 49-37 Hampton win … Calvin won a fierce battle with 6:05 receiver Tommy Manus, knocking three passes out of his opponent's hands, despite giving up more than ten inches in height … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Tommy Manus-Six catches for 20 yards (kept Manus away from eight other throws, deflecting five of them).

Delaware State … Did not register any tackles or pass break-ups … Was beaten on a 28-yard touchdown pass to Shaheer McBride from QB Bryan Botts in the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Shaheer McBride-Three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Gardner-Webb … Came off the bench to deflect three passes, but made his biggest impact on special teams, as Calvin blocked an extra point attempt at the start of the second quarter and blocked another PAT with 5:24 left in the first half … Killed his sixth scoring drive in six games when he batted down a third-&-8 pass thrown by QB Nick Roberts up the middle that was intended for Kory Alston at the 9:47 mark of the second quarter.

Norfolk State … Returned to the starting lineup, delivering three tackles and a pass break-up while not allowing any receptions as the defense allowed only 280 yards in a 58-10 victory … Calvin deflected a second-&-goal slant pass thrown by QB Brandon Brooks to Errol Henry with 0:38 remaining in the first half … Bannister suffered a hamstring pull when he batted away a third-&-10 pass from Brooks that was intended for Howard Gilmore at the start of the third quarter, but the play was nullified when Hampton's Pat Preston was penalized 15 yards for pass interference … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Errol Henry-No receptions (stopped Henry from getting to three other throws).

South Carolina State … Did not play (hamstring).

Bethune-Cookman … Returned to the field with two tackles, including one that stopped Abner Brown after an 8-yard catch on a third-down play with 11:54 left in the game … Also made a touchdown-saving tackle when he chased down Eric Weems on a 46-yard run at the 11:31 mark of the first quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Jonathan Summers-Two catches for 19 yards.

North Carolina A&T … Hampton emerged with a 51-24 win, as Calvin was in on one solo tackle with two pass deflections and blocked his third kick for the season … He had his seventh drive-killing tackle for the season when he deflected a third-&-11 Marshall Glenn pass out of the hands of receiver Brandon Trusty at the start of the second quarter. On the next play, A&T kicker Carlos Davalos attempted a 33-yard field goal, but Bannister went vertical and blocked the kick … Miscommunication in the zone in the fourth quarter saw Trusty slip past the Hampton secondary for a 62-yard touchdown reception. The 62-yarder was the longest catch vs. Bannister during his Pirates' career … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Brandon Trusty-Four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown (prevented Trusty from getting to seven other passes, batting down two of them).

Savannah State … Calvin registered five tackles (4 solos) with an interception and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in a 58-7 rout of Savannah State, leading a defense that allowed only 188 yards … With 3:05 left in the first quarter, Calvin recovered a fumble by Kentar Charles, who caught a third-&-9 pass from QB Clyde Tullis for a 1-yard gain. Bannister scooped up the ball at the Savannah 32 and returned the ball 32 yards for a score … At the start of the third quarter, Calvin intercepted a second-&-11 toss from QB Zachary Wilson at the Savannah 42-yard line, setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by Hampton tailback Ardell Daniels … The scrappy cornerback then made his tenth drive-killing third-down tackle of the season when he brought down Bryant Baynes after the receiver caught a third-&-10 pass from Wilson for an 8-yard gain at the 11:25 mark of the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Kentar Carlisle-Five catches for 20 yards.

William & Mary (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs) … The defense struggled, giving up 592 yards, including 294 passing in a 42-35 loss. Calvin was credited with a career-high eight tackles (7 solos), including one on a fourth-down play and another on third-down, and also deflected a pass … Bannister chased down Lang Campbell on a 4-yard run on a fourth-&-1 play with 3:31 left in the first half … He later tackled Elijah Brooks on a third-&-1 run that netted 8 yards at the start of the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Joe Nicholas-Five catches for 53 yards (did not allow Nicholas from getting to three other passes).

2003 Season

Freshman All-American selection by The Sports Page … Started nine games as a true freshman at left cornerback, recording 19 tackles (10 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss … Caused a fumble and recovered another for a 13-yard return on defense and also recovered a fumble on special teams with the punt coverage unit … Ranked second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with sixteen passes defended (14 pass deflections, two interceptions for 24 yards in returns) … Proved to be a big-play specialist, as nine of his nineteen tackles came on third-down plays and two others were on fourth-downs … Had only sixteen passes for 155 yards and a touchdown caught against him in the games he started … Those same receivers amassed 3,862 yards and 23 scores on 284 catches for the 2003 campaign … His main pass coverage assignment averaged 1.78 receptions for 17.22 yards per game vs. Calvin, but averaged 2.71 catches for 37.44 yards vs. the rest of the cornerbacks they faced in 2003.

2003 Game Analysis

Howard … Began his collegiate career with a solo tackle and three pass deflections, including two break-ups on third-down plays … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Jonathan Brewer-Two catches for 20 yards (also prevented Brewer from getting to two other passes thrown his way and Calvin batted away three more throws intended for Brewer).

Tuskegee … Intercepted a fourth-&-5 pass thrown by QB Terrence Jones five minutes into the game … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Harry Williams-Two catches for 19 yards.

Howard … Posted three tackles (2 solos) with four pass deflections and also intercepted a Bradshaw Littlejohn pass on a third-&-2 play in the third quarter … Also caused and recovered a fumble when he tackled receiver Craig Nelson in the fourth quarter, advancing the ball 13 yards to set up a 42-yard Hampton field goal … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Tommy Manus-No receptions (prevented Manus from getting to three other passes thrown to him and also batted four throws out of the receiver's hands).

Delaware State … Followed with two solo tackles and a pair of pass deflections, including one break-up on a first-&-goal toss by QB Keon Frazier that was intended for James Edmonds with 4:49 left in the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR James Edmonds-Three catches for 26 yards.

Norfolk State … Did not record any tackles, but also did not allow any catches … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Darryl Johnson-No receptions.

South Carolina State … Collected four tackles, including one that stopped Rondrieka Darby for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass from QB Reese McCampbell at the start of the second half … Also deflected two passes, including one on a third-&-2 toss from McCampbell that was intended for Aaron Alexander early in the first quarter … Bannister added a fourth-down stop when he took down Willie Butler on a 5-yard run with 5:08 left in the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Aaron Alexander-Two catches for 20 yards.

Florida A&M … Made four tackles (3 solos), but lost sight of his assignment on a 32-yard scoring strike from QB Ben Dougherty to Cardan Alexander with 3:47 left in the first half that capped a 63-yard, 8-play drive … Recovered a fumbled punt return by teammate Michael West for a 10-yard loss at the Hampton 14-yard line, but the Pirates would then score on a 74-yard touchdown toss from Timothy Frazier to Jerome Mathis at the end of the first quarter … Made a touchdown-saving tackle when he chased down Rod Miller after the receiver hauled in a 55-yard third-&-5 pass from Dougherty midway through the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Cardan Alexander-Six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown (stopped Alexander from getting to one other pass thrown to him).

Bethune-Cookman … Registered a pair of tackles … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Darius Butler-No receptions (did not allow Butler to get to three other passes thrown his way).

North Carolina A&T … Only had one pass deflection … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR James Hinton-No receptions.

Savannah State … Closed out the season with three tackles and three pass deflections … Killed a mid-first quarter drive when he took down Tawfiq Ramsey on an 11-yard third-&-15 pass thrown by QB Clyde Tullis, forcing Savannah State to punt … With 4:38 left in the first half, he assisted teammate Marlon Fair in stopping Brian Thompson on a third-down 9-yard catch … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR Kentarius Carlisle-One catch for 7 yards (also batted down three passes intended and prevented Carlisle from getting to one other pass).

Injury Report

2003: Did not play in the season opener vs. Villanova (9/10) due to a hamstring pull suffered in August camp.

2004: Sat out the South Carolina State game (10/23) with a hamstring strain.

2005: Missed the Delaware State (10/01), Gardner-Webb (10/08), Norfolk State (10/15) and South Carolina State (10/22) contests after he suffered partially torn ligaments in his right ankle. It was feared Bannister would miss the rest of the season, but he went through a grueling rehabilitation and returned to the field five weeks after getting hurt.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.34 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.42 in the 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 320-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 255-pound power clean … 41.5-inch vertical jump … 30 7/8-inch arm length … 8 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 13/24 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended William Fleming (Chattah, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Robert Prunty … All-Conference selection who earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior … Also excelled in track, winning the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at the 2002 Regional meet … Later won the state championship in the 400-meter dash and finished second in the long jump at the 2002 Virginia High School League Outdoor Track Meet … Spent one season at Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at Hampton University.

Personal

Psychology major … Son of Virginia Bannister … Born 2/17/84 … Resides in Roanoke, Virginia.

 
 

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