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Late addition Jonathan Banks aiming to win K-State QB job

Because he showed up after spring ball, junior-college transfer Jonathan Banks had plenty of catching up to do to make an impact on Kansas State's four-way QB derby.

But so far, he has impressed, suggesting he could actually make a run at the starting job despite learning the Wildcats' system on the fly.

"He has a great work ethic and takes care of business," Del Miller, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach told the Topeka Capital-Journal's Ken Corbitt. "He's smart and picks up things rapidly. He has some talent and can do some good things.

"He is a good fit for our system."

As an athletic and powerful run-first QB that can keep defenses honest with his arm, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Banks indeed fits the profile of past K-State QBs that have enjoyed success in Manhattan, most recently Collin Klein.

"We like to have a young guy that can bring balance to our offense," coach Bill Snyder told Corbitt. "We like guys who are athletic and can create some success in the quarterback run game and, at the same time, be an accurate and efficient throw. We hope he fits into that category."

With neither Joe Hubener nor Jesse Ertz creating separation in the spring and with Alex Delton being a true freshman, the opportunity could be there for Banks, should he show command of the offense early in preseason.

"A lot of the stuff is some things I've done in the past," Banks said. "At junior college, we did a lot of things with the read-option and the quarterback running the ball."

Miller said the Wildcats will begin to narrow down the competition, from four to two, and then to a starter two weeks before their opener with South Dakota. Given that he wasn't even on campus two months ago, it will be interesting to see if Banks can hang in the competition to the end.