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|Height: 5.11||Born: Boynton Beach, FL|
|Weight: 190||College: Mississippi State|
|Birthdate: 1979-08-07||Years: 8 BC / 10 CFL|
Following the 2005 season, the Ottawa Renegades announced that they would not field a team for the 2006 campaign. As a result, their entire roster was subject to a dispersal draft in advance of the 2006 season. Coming off an all-star season in 2005, Banks was thought to be a perfect fit for the already athletic Lions secondary and the the club jumped at the opportunity to secure the gifted defender in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2006 CFL Dispersal Draft.
2012: Korey continued his outstanding defensive play with 50 tackles (fourth on the team), five tackles for a loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. He led the entire CFL in pass knockdowns with 10 and was named to both the West Division and CFL All-Star squads. Korey also notched a career-long 77-yard interception return for a TD vs Calgary and added two tackles in the Western Final.
2011: In one of the finest seasons of his seven-year CFL career, Korey returned to league all-star status for the fourth time. He was selected as a West Division All-Star for the seventh straight season. Korey switched back and forth between a secondary spot and the nickel back position and was one of the most versatile members of the defence. He led the club in fumble recoveries with two, one of which he returned for his seventh career defensive TD (July 22 vs Hamilton), and he finished seventh on the club with 42 tackles.
Games Played: Career: 146; Playoff: 9; Grey Cup: 2 (2011, 2006 w/ BC)
2006-2012: Korey has now played seven seasons with the Lions, missing just one contest and has stretched his current streak to 102 consecutive games. He is the only player in club history to be named an all-star in each of his first seven seasons with the club and eight overall. He received his fifth career berth on the CFL All-Star squad in 2012.
In the last eight years, Banks has grabbed 35 interceptions – more than any other active CFL player – and 25 interceptions in seven seasons as a starter in the Lions defence. Korey was obtained in the Ottawa Dispersal Draft prior to the 2006 season and now ranks ninth all-time among BC defenders with his 25 picks in 107 career games.
2003-2005: Banks spent time in the training camps and on the practice rosters of both the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins (‘03, ‘04). After joining the Ottawa Renegades late in 2004, Banks went on to lead the CFL in interceptions in 2005 with 10 and earned a place on the CFL All-Star team.
CFL All-Star: 2012, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2005
West Division All-Star: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
East Division All-Star: 2005
Banks played his final two years (2001-02) at Mississippi State after transferring from Garden City Community College where he also played two seasons (1999-2000). Banks started 23 games with the Bulldogs, concluding his career with 93 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Korey, his wife, Tartesia, and family make their off-season home in Atlanta where he stays busy working out and managing a number of business interests. Korey is cousins with former CFL quarterback Brad Banks and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Banks’ hobbies include reading and fishing and he lists the Bible as his favourite book.