|Date of birth:December 14, 1970|
|Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|College: Southern California|
|NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| As player:|
* Indianapolis Colts ( 1994– 1999)
| As coach:|
* Chattanooga (2007)
Tight ends coach
|Career highlights and awards|
College career[edit | edit source]
Banta was a two-year starter at tight end for USC Trojans (1989–93), as well as a four-time letter-winner. He earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Conference honors as a junior and senior and received his bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in sociology in 1993.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Banta was drafted in the 4th round of the 1994 NFL Draft, 106 overall, by the Indianapolis Colts. He then went on and played from 1994 to 2004 for the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions, and the Buffalo Bills. He is noted for committing two unnecessary roughness penalties on a Monday Night Football matchup against the Miami Dolphins in 2000.
Banta served as a long snapper for a majority of his career, and played exclusively on special teams with the Lions. He had previously played tight end in offensive situations for the Colts.
After his playing days, Banta worked with as a supervisor for George Wright Construction for a year and in Chase’s Home Financial Division for nearly two years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga[edit | edit source]
Banta coached the tight ends during the Chattanooga Mocs' 2007 season.
Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]
Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]
On February 4, 2014, it was announced that Banta would join the team as the Washington Redskins assistant special teams coach, serving under Ben Kotwica.
New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]
On January 31, 2017, the New Orleans Saints hired Banta as their Special teams coordinator.
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- Washington Redskins bio
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
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