Coming Up
  • Tue., Sep. 08, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Back to Football Forum with the Buccaneers Luncheon The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invite local business leaders and Bucs fans to enjoy lunch and a 2015 season preview with Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer, Head Coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Jason Licht, along with various players.

  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Buccaneers Academy FDOT Backpack Caravan While getting ready for their own kickoff on the football field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proud to also help kick off the school year for young Bay-area Bucs fans!
  • Wed., Sep. 09, 2015 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT Downtown Tampa SIEGE Celebration The Bucs will “SIEGE” Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park to celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Tampa’s historic Hispanic roots and the beginning of our regular season! This fun, free event will feature autographs from Bucs Legends, the Buccaneers Street Team, a Buccaneers Cheerleader performance and various food truck vendors!
  • Thu., Sep. 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT Launch Party for RED, the Buccaneers new Women’s Movement

    Join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10th from 6pm-9pm at Raymond James Stadium to be a part of the Buccaneers all-new RED, the Women’s Movement!

  • Sat., Sep. 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Back to Football Celebration at Glazer Children’s Museum Celebrate the season opener with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by joining us at a special Back to Football event at the Glazer Children’s Museum!
  • Sun., Sep. 13, 2015 4:25 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Titans Week 1
  • Tue., Sep. 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Build UnitedHealthcare volunteers, Bucs players, cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will construct Learning Garden kits at One Buccaneer Place that will teach students about growing healthy, sustainable foods.
  • Sun., Sep. 20, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Saints Week 2
  • Tue., Sep. 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT UnitedHealthcare Learning Garden Delivery Buccaneers staff will install Learning Gardens in seven Buccaneers Academies.
  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers @ Texans Week 3
  • Tue., Sep. 29, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation Vehicle Unveiling The new and improved Bucs Vision Mobile powered by Glazer Family Foundation will be unveiled at Twin Lakes Elementary School!
  • Sun., Oct. 04, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Buccaneers vs. Panthers Week 4
  • Tue., Oct. 06, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Rookie Club: Metropolitan Ministries LAMPLighters Fall Festival The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club, Cheerleaders, and Captain Fear will interact with the children through games, dancing, arts & crafts, and more during Metropolitan Ministries' Fall Festival.

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Johnthan Banks
CB #27
Height:
6-2
Weight:
185
Age:
25
College:
Mississippi State
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2015 PRE):

TCKL
3
SCK
0.0
FF
0
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 105 90 15 0.0 0 15 7 102 -- 32 1 0 0
2014 TB 15 14 50 41 9 0.0 0 10 4 69 17.3 32 1 0 --
2013 TB 16 16 55 49 6 0.0 -- 5 3 33 11 18 0 0 --

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Biography

ACQUIRED BY BUCS:

  • Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has started 30-of-31 career games, totaling 104 tackles, 16 passes defensed and seven interceptions returned for 102 yards and one touchdown.
  • Tied for most career interceptions by second-year players with seven.
  • Ranks tied for seventh in the NFL and tied for third among cornerbacks in interceptions since entering the NFL in 2013.
  • Scored first NFL touchdown on a 19-yard interception return in a 27-7 win at Washington (11/16/14).
  • Recorded first interception against Arizona (9/29/13).
  • Started in NFL debut at New York Jets (9/8/13).

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Started 14-of-15 games he played, leading the team with four interceptions. Also accumulated 50 tackles, including one for loss, 10 passes defensed, and one interception return for a touchdown.
  • His four interceptions tied for eighth in the NFL and third among cornerbacks.
  • Started season opener vs. Carolina (9/7) and recorded five tackles.
  • Started vs. St. Louis (9/14) and registered four tackles.
  • Started at Atlanta (9/18) and tallied two tackles.
  • Tallied two tackles in win at Pittsburgh (9/28). First game he did not start in his career as the Buccaneers opened with only one cornerback.
  • Intercepted Drew Brees at New Orleans (10/5) to set up Buccaneers touchdown drive. Also registered five tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Inactive with a neck injury Week 6 vs. Baltimore (10/12).
  • Returned to starting lineup vs. Minnesota (10/26) and had two tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Recorded second interception of the season, two passes defensed and one tackle at Cleveland (11/2). According to Pro Football Focus, was thrown at six times and allowed a passer rating of 5.6 on those targets.
  • Set a career high with eight tackles and tied a career high with two passes defensed vs. Atlanta (11/9).
  • Scored first career touchdown on 19-yard return of his third interception of the season, in a win at Washington (11/16). Added two tackles and one pass defensed.
  • Collected three tackles, including one for loss, at Chicago (11/23). Part of pass defense that limited the Bears to 112 net passing yards, including just 54 on six catches by wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.
  • Intercepted Andy Dalton on Bengals first offensive snap, which he returned 32 yards, vs. Cincinnati (11/30).
  • Notched five tackles and one pass defensed at Detroit (12/7).
  • Recorded six tackles and one pass defensed at Carolina (12/14).
  • Tallied three tackles vs. Green Bay (12/21).
  • Posted one tackle vs. New Orleans (12/28).

COLLEGE:

  • Team captain who started 45-of-51 games at Mississippi State (2009-12), including every game in his final two seasons.
  • Recorded 221 tackles, 26 passes defensed, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, four quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and 16 interceptions for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Also returned 30 punts for 289 yards and one touchdown.
  • 320 interception return yards shattered the previous school record of 241 yards and rank fifth on the Southeastern Conference’s all-time list.
  • Three interceptions returned for touchdowns tied a school record and are tied for the second-most in SEC history.
  • Winner of the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back).
  • Earned first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp in 2012.
  • A semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player) and the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy as a senior.
  • Selected to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Paul Hornung Award in 2012.
  • Named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and The NFL Draft Report in 2011.
  • Chosen as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a junior.
  • One of only two BCS conference players to return a punt and an interception for a touchdown in 2011 (Louisiana State’s Tyrann Mathieu).
  • Selected to the Freshman All-SEC team, as chosen by the league’s coaches.
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week following their game against Florida (10/24/09), where he had interception returns of 20 and 100 yards for touchdowns.
  • Graduated with a degree in general studies.

COMMUNITY:

  • Served as the Buccaneers’ 2013 and 2014 spokesperson for Replay Tampa Bay, a sports equipment drive in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Elder Ford of Tampa to support local youth.
  • In October 2013, encouraged PLAY 60 by leading children in games, dancing, hula hoop contests and more for Metropolitan Ministries’ fall festival.
  • As part of the 2013 Buccaneers Rookie Club, took part in a variety of community service events, including: visiting patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa; hosting an ice cream social for military veterans at James Haley VA Hospital; participating in a team-building scavenger hunt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at Busch Gardens; hosting a bowling outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; challenging youths from the Central City YMCA in games at a local arcade; visiting local servicemen and servicewomen at MacDill Air Force Base; hosting a “Salute to Service” Barbecue with USAA at U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; greeting veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital; visiting young patients over the holidays at All Children’s Hospital; and singing Christmas carols to residents at Westminster Palms Retirement Home.

PERSONAL:

  • Attended East Webster High School (Maben, Mississippi).
  • Accounted for 1,740 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns playing quarterback as a senior. He also played on the defensive side of the ball, recording 35 tackles and seven interceptions.
  • As a junior, rushed for 16 touchdowns at running back and also returned two interceptions for scores.
  • A three-sport star, he helped lead the baseball team to Class 1-A state championships during his freshman and junior seasons, and also played on the basketball team.
  • Has a son, Kayden with his wife, Mallory.
  • Grandson of Maggie Banks, his legal guardian.
  • Born Johnthan Shuntay Banks on October 3, 1989, in Maben, Mississippi.

ACQUIRED BY BUCS:

  • Selected in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has started 30-of-31 career games, totaling 104 tackles, 16 passes defensed and seven interceptions returned for 102 yards and one touchdown.
  • Tied for most career interceptions by second-year players with seven.
  • Ranks tied for seventh in the NFL and tied for third among cornerbacks in interceptions since entering the NFL in 2013.
  • Scored first NFL touchdown on a 19-yard interception return in a 27-7 win at Washington (11/16/14).
  • Recorded first interception against Arizona (9/29/13).
  • Started in NFL debut at New York Jets (9/8/13).

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Started 14-of-15 games he played, leading the team with four interceptions. Also accumulated 50 tackles, including one for loss, 10 passes defensed, and one interception return for a touchdown.
  • His four interceptions tied for eighth in the NFL and third among cornerbacks.
  • Started season opener vs. Carolina (9/7) and recorded five tackles.
  • Started vs. St. Louis (9/14) and registered four tackles.
  • Started at Atlanta (9/18) and tallied two tackles.
  • Tallied two tackles in win at Pittsburgh (9/28). First game he did not start in his career as the Buccaneers opened with only one cornerback.
  • Intercepted Drew Brees at New Orleans (10/5) to set up Buccaneers touchdown drive. Also registered five tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Inactive with a neck injury Week 6 vs. Baltimore (10/12).
  • Returned to starting lineup vs. Minnesota (10/26) and had two tackles and a pass defensed.
  • Recorded second interception of the season, two passes defensed and one tackle at Cleveland (11/2). According to Pro Football Focus, was thrown at six times and allowed a passer rating of 5.6 on those targets.
  • Set a career high with eight tackles and tied a career high with two passes defensed vs. Atlanta (11/9).
  • Scored first career touchdown on 19-yard return of his third interception of the season, in a win at Washington (11/16). Added two tackles and one pass defensed.
  • Collected three tackles, including one for loss, at Chicago (11/23). Part of pass defense that limited the Bears to 112 net passing yards, including just 54 on six catches by wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.
  • Intercepted Andy Dalton on Bengals first offensive snap, which he returned 32 yards, vs. Cincinnati (11/30).
  • Notched five tackles and one pass defensed at Detroit (12/7).
  • Recorded six tackles and one pass defensed at Carolina (12/14).
  • Tallied three tackles vs. Green Bay (12/21).
  • Posted one tackle vs. New Orleans (12/28).

COLLEGE:

  • Team captain who started 45-of-51 games at Mississippi State (2009-12), including every game in his final two seasons.
  • Recorded 221 tackles, 26 passes defensed, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, four quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and 16 interceptions for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Also returned 30 punts for 289 yards and one touchdown.
  • 320 interception return yards shattered the previous school record of 241 yards and rank fifth on the Southeastern Conference’s all-time list.
  • Three interceptions returned for touchdowns tied a school record and are tied for the second-most in SEC history.
  • Winner of the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award (Best Defensive Back).
  • Earned first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp in 2012.
  • A semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player) and the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy as a senior.
  • Selected to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Paul Hornung Award in 2012.
  • Named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and The NFL Draft Report in 2011.
  • Chosen as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as a junior.
  • One of only two BCS conference players to return a punt and an interception for a touchdown in 2011 (Louisiana State’s Tyrann Mathieu).
  • Selected to the Freshman All-SEC team, as chosen by the league’s coaches.
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week following their game against Florida (10/24/09), where he had interception returns of 20 and 100 yards for touchdowns.
  • Graduated with a degree in general studies.

COMMUNITY:

  • Served as the Buccaneers’ 2013 and 2014 spokesperson for Replay Tampa Bay, a sports equipment drive in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and Elder Ford of Tampa to support local youth.
  • In October 2013, encouraged PLAY 60 by leading children in games, dancing, hula hoop contests and more for Metropolitan Ministries’ fall festival.
  • As part of the 2013 Buccaneers Rookie Club, took part in a variety of community service events, including: visiting patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa; hosting an ice cream social for military veterans at James Haley VA Hospital; participating in a team-building scavenger hunt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at Busch Gardens; hosting a bowling outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; challenging youths from the Central City YMCA in games at a local arcade; visiting local servicemen and servicewomen at MacDill Air Force Base; hosting a “Salute to Service” Barbecue with USAA at U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; greeting veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital; visiting young patients over the holidays at All Children’s Hospital; and singing Christmas carols to residents at Westminster Palms Retirement Home.

PERSONAL:

  • Attended East Webster High School (Maben, Mississippi).
  • Accounted for 1,740 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns playing quarterback as a senior. He also played on the defensive side of the ball, recording 35 tackles and seven interceptions.
  • As a junior, rushed for 16 touchdowns at running back and also returned two interceptions for scores.
  • A three-sport star, he helped lead the baseball team to Class 1-A state championships during his freshman and junior seasons, and also played on the basketball team.
  • Has a son, Kayden with his wife, Mallory.
  • Grandson of Maggie Banks, his legal guardian.
  • Born Johnthan Shuntay Banks on October 3, 1989, in Maben, Mississippi.
 

Recent Videos

  • Banks: "Still Learning A Lot"

    Posted Aug 7, 2015

    CB Johnthan Banks speaks with the media following Friday's training camp practice at One Buccaneer Place.

  • Banks 1-on-1 with Scott Smith

    Posted Jun 11, 2015

    CB Johnthan Banks speaks with Buccaneers.com Senior Writer Scott Smith about growing as a player and the Bucs' depth at cornerback.