Transfer cornerback Sevyn Banks is expected to play this weekend against New Mexico.
“That is the expectation,” Kelly said. “We feel like he’s right there. And we believe that this is the weekend that he’ll finally get some playing time.”
Banks has been recovering from a season-ending injury at Ohio State. Kelly wanted Banks to play in the opener, but trainers weren’t confident that Banks was 100%. While Banks dressed out for the Mississippi State game, he did not play.
Banks was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes, which included a CFP National Championship Game appearance against Alabama in 2020. He was named to the Thorpe Award and Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists in 2021, playing in five games last year before sitting out with an injury, recording eight tackles and five pass breakups.
He led Ohio State with 7 pass breakups and 8 passes defended in 2020 and recorded a season-high of seven tackles against Alabama.