V.J. Banks on adjusting to life at CSU
V.J. Banks arrived as a freshman at Rice University in the fall of 2014. In 36 career games with the Owls, the 6'0", 200-pound cornerback totaled 75 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass deflections but after missing all but two games with a leg injury in 2017, Banks decided to leave his home state of Texas and transfer to Colorado State for his final season of college football.
Banks arrived on campus this summer, which allowed him to start to start to get acclimated to his new surroundings and teammates. Despite being an incredibly confident player, Banks admitted that he was walking on egg shells to some degree when he first arrived.
After being out of a football environment for the entire spring semester in 2017, Banks had to readjust to the life of a Division 1 player and get back in the flow of things. Now that it is time to strap up and play ball though, Banks is not holding anything back.
"We are here. We are working out. We are all about football right now," Banks said. "Team chemistry is important but I have to establish my role. I feel like I have done that. Socially- you get to know guys, but once you're out on the football field, it's all football at that point."
Banks' goal is simple this season - help revamp a Colorado State secondary that has struggled mightily in the past and lead this team to its first conference championship since 2002. According to Banks, that mindset is common in the locker room and is a big reason that he ultimately decided to transfer to CSU.
"I think we are really going to surprise some people as a defense," Banks said. "We want to go to a championship. We want to go to the biggest bowl that we can and just grind it out."
After reviewing the film, Banks, along with many of his teammates believe that the defense failed to close out too many games in 2017, which is something the secondary and defense as a whole are working towards improving this fall.
"We lost a few games in the fourth quarter, so being able to finish - that's the summer mentality for our D. You have to finish every rep... This is the most intense environment that I have been in, as far as practices and workouts go."
That intensity appears to be paying off, as both players and coaches have raved about the energy in practice through the first three days of fall camp. With only 27 days until the Rams host Hawaii on Aug. 25, the defensive intensity has been a welcomed sight for a team that gave up three touchdowns of 60+ yards in the New Mexico Bowl last season.