Zach Banner
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Banner in 2016
No. 72 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-12-25) December 25, 1993 (age 26)
Puyallup, Washington
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:360 lb (163 kg)
Career information
High school:Lakes (Lakewood, Washington)
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 137
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-Pac-12 (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2018
Games played:8
Games started:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Zachery Samuel Banner (born December 25, 1993) is American football offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Southern California.

Early years[edit | edit source]

A native of Lakewood, Washington, Banner attended Lakes High School, where he was a two-time All-American. Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in his class, behind only D. J. Humphries.[1] Banner also played basketball for Lakes High School, averaging 18.6 points and 17.3 rebounds, while guiding Lakes high school to the 2011 state 3A championship.[2][3] Ultimately Banner chose USC over Oklahoma and Washington.[4]

College career[edit | edit source]

Banner played college football at USC from 2013-2016 under head coaches Steve Sarkisian and Clay Helton. Banner played 39 games and started 37 of those games. Banner played only 2 games during his red-shirted freshman season against Hawaii and Boston College before being ruled out for the season due to an injury to both hips.[5] His main position was at right tackle, but started 2 games at left tackle during his junior year against Utah and Wisconsin. Banner also played basketball for USC in 2013 but did not see any playing time.[6] Banner Majored in Sociology

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Year Team G GS Defense
Solo Total
2013 USC 2 0 0 0
2014 USC 13 13 1 1
2015 USC 14 14 1 1
2016 USC 10 10 0 0
Career 39 37 2 2

Source:[7]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

File:2016-0714-BannerTalkstoHeltonJackson.jpg

Banner at the 2016 Pac-12 Conference Media Days with then teammate Adoree' Jackson and head coach Clay Helton.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 8⅜ in 353 lb34⅞ in10¾ in 5.58 s 5.21 s 8.31 s 23½ in 7 ft 8 in 22 reps

Indianapolis Colts[edit | edit source]

Banner was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[8] The Colts previously obtained the pick used to select Banner by trading tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots. On September 3, 2017, Banner was waived by the Colts.[9]

Cleveland Browns[edit | edit source]

On September 4, 2017, Banner was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns.[10] Banner played in Cleveland's last 8 games, taking a combined 27 snaps on offense and 18 snaps on special teams.[11] He was released on March 15, 2018.[12]

Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

On March 16, 2018, Banner was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.[13] He was waived by the Panthers on May 31, 2018.[14]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit | edit source]

Banner was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 12, 2018.[15]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Banner is the son of Lincoln Kennedy, but was raised by Ron and Vanessa Banner.[16][17][18] He is of Chamorro and African-American descent.

Banner created the B3Foundation which supports students in Guam, Tacoma and Los Angeles both academically and athletically [19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-2890
  2. https://usctrojans.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=491
  3. https://www.steelers.com/team/players-roster/zach-banner
  4. https://twitter.com/ZBNFL/status/1093203813723303936
  5. https://www.steelers.com/team/players-roster/zach-banner/
  6. https://www.steelers.com/team/players-roster/zach-banner/
  7. "Zach Banner". usctrojans.com. USC Trojans. http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/zach_banner_807574.html. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  8. "Colts select OT Zach Banner in 4th round". http://www.colts.com/news/article-draft/Colts-Draft-USC-Offensive-Tackle-Zach-Banner-In-Round-Four/77be239b-9fca-4a03-a10d-818e0c36293a. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  9. Walker, Andrew (September 3, 2017). "Colts Claim Five Players Off Waivers". https://web.archive.org/web/20171109151957/http://www.colts.com/news/article-1/Colts-Claim-Five-Players-Off-Waivers/ebee6267-92ac-46c4-9de6-84fb5a5e9e18.
  10. "Browns claim OL Zach Banner". September 4, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20180425010156/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-claim-OL-Zach-Banner/24ce90d9-9c8e-43da-9742-3c3314ec6a3c.
  11. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BannZa00/fantasy/2017/
  12. "Browns release 10 players". March 15, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180316084839/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-release-10-players/7c2c22f0-17fa-4a0d-873e-a35187f70462.
  13. Alper, Josh (March 16, 2018). "Panthers claim OL Zach Banner off waivers". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/16/panthers-claim-ol-zach-banner-off-waivers/.
  14. Gantt, Darin (May 31, 2018). "Panthers waive tackle Zach Banner". https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/31/panthers-waive-tackle-zach-banner/.
  15. "Steelers sign Banner". August 12, 2018. https://www.steelers.com/news/steelers-sign-banner.
  16. Fetters, Chris (April 19, 2010). "Zach Banner - A Profile in Character". 247 Sports. https://247sports.com/college/football/recruiting/Article/Zach-Banner-A-Profile-in-Character-104704730. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  17. https://www.colts.com/news/colts-draft-usc-offensive-tackle-zach-banner-in-round-four-18801418
  18. https://www.guampdn.com/story/sports/2017/06/29/zach-banner/414784001/
  19. http://b3foundation.org/

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