Dayton's Banks named to NIFL All-Stars
DAYTON, Ohio - Training camp was short-lived for Arden Banks. The defensive back for the Dayton Warbirds was actually released during that time in March, but fate has a funny way of working for professional athletes.
Banks came back to the expansion team when several other players were injured in pre-season practice. And following the first game on April 2, head coach Matt King couldn't keep the former Ohio University player out of the lineup.
That's all history now, because over the 14-game NIFL season, Banks has earned himself a spot on the NIFL All-Star team that will play in Odessa, Texas, on Aug. 6.
"He's been a tremendous leader for us," said King of Banks, who led the NIFL in passes defended with 23. "He has been one of the hardest working players with a great attitude."
The 5-foot-11 Banks had nine interceptions and 14 pass break ups for the Warbirds. He had 75 return yards including a 49 yarder for a touchdown in the first game against Cincinnati at home.
Banks' nine picks ranked him 3rd with three others in the league and he totaled 45.5 tackles, three of them for four yards in losses.
"Arden has become better and better each week in this game," said coach King. "He's such a team player and does anything we ask."
Banks and the Warbirds (8-6) are preparing for their Saturday, July 9, date at Fayetteville (N.C.) to meet one of the hottest teams, the Guard (7-7) which has won six of its last eight games.
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