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Tavian Banks vs. Maurice Jones-Drew
While their numbers as Jaguars are clearly in Jones-Drew's favor (941 rushing yards, 436 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns compared to 222 rushing yards, 157 receiving yards, and only 1 touchdown), it's quite obvious what Tom Coughlin's intentions were when he drafted Banks. Coming out of college, Tavian Banks was thought to be a mid-round pick because of his lack of size and perceived lack of toughness. In Banks' senior campaign, he was fourth in the nation in rushing with 1,691 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. He was a second team All-American, first team All-Big 10, and the Big 10 player of the year. He also set an NCAA record by reaching 1,000 yards in a season quicker than any other running back. For his collegiate career, Banks ended with 2,977 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns. Banks holds seven individual records at the University of Iowa in touchdowns in a season (19), career touchdowns (36), rushing yards in a game (314), rushing yards in a season (1,691), rushing touchdowns in a game (4), and career rushing touchdowns (33). However, despite his great college career, Banks suffered the same set backs in college he did in the NFL, injuries. In Banks rookie year, his season was cut short when he was involved in a car accident, and nearly rolled off of the Main Street Bridge with then teammate Cordell Taylor, when the two were rushing to a late meeting before the Jaguars 1998 playoff win against the New England Patriots. This car accident, along with a foot injury he suffered early in the season, allowed him to play just six games his rookie year. Banks' second season with the Jaguars was not any better in the injury department. He suffered a hamstring injury that kept him timid and ineffective during the preseason. The coup de gras came in November against the Atlanta Falcons. Late in the 4th quarter with the Jaguars leading 30-7, Tavian Banks made his last play ever in the NFL catching a short pass from Jaguars back-up QB Jay Fiedler. Banks was hit late after he stepped out of bounds by Falcons defender Ray Buchannon. "That was sick," running back Fred Taylor said. "That ain't right. He was out of bounds. He wasn't trying to run. He was trying to catch his balance. I'm not saying he was trying to hurt him, but it wasn't right." Tavian Banks' knee was shredded and his NFL football career was over.
Like Banks, Maurice Jones-Drew was dominant in the college ranks ending his career with 2,650 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns, 819 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns. While Jones-Drew has been much more effective in his rookie campaign as a Jaguar, it's clear that he is exactly what then head coach Tom Coughlin envisioned when he drafted Banks to back up Fred Taylor. Just imagine a Maurice Jones- Drew like player with the Fred Taylor of 1998? Scary, isn't it? Not many people remember Tavian Banks, as his career with the Jaguars and in the NFL was short, but every time I see Maurice Jones-Drew shake a defender and run 40 yards for a touchdown, I think to myself "that's what Banks could have been." However, with Maurice Jones-Drew being what Tavian Banks was supposed to be, Jones-Drew is leaving his own legacy. Hopefully a long injury free and productive one.
In 2002 Tavian Banks worked out for the New Orleans Saints, but despite having a good workout, he decided to retire due to chronic knee problems. However, from 2003-2004, Banks decided to attempt a comeback again, and was on and off the New Orleans Saints roster being placed on the practice squad in 2003 and finally waived in 2004 at the end of the preseason. In 2006-2007, Tavian Banks was on the coaching staff of the University of Louisville Cardinals as the assistant running backs coach, which is not surprising since former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino was Banks' offensive coordinator during his days as a Jaguar. Currently, Tavian Banks is the Sports Performance Director with Velocity Sports Performance in Illinois.
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