Texas A&M freshman right fielder Nick Banks received second team all-SEC honors and was selected to the SEC all-freshman team on Tuesday.
His numbers backed up the accolades. An overall batting average of .348 and an even better .360 clip in SEC games speak volumes about the Tomball native.
And although his talents were obvious on the field, it was his character that won me over as a fan.
The left-handed hitting outfielder lost a fly ball in the high sky in Game 2 against LSU that cost the Aggies at least a run. The next day, the same thing happened on the first fly ball to right field. Banks got a glove on it, but it never appeared he would secure it for the out. Again it cost the Aggies a run.
Banks quickly atoned for the misplayed fly ball with a double in the bottom half of the inning. That alone showed he was mentally strong, but his next opportunity on defense proved he can shrug off misfortune and even turn it around.
Banks caught an easy fly ball the next inning and was immediately given a mock cheer by the fans.
Without missing a beat he took a bow.
Not a bad response for a freshman who had to overcome some adversity in a big moment.
It was classic.
“The mock cheer, I just wanted to have fun with it,” Banks said after the Aggies took the series from LSU. “Just give them a little bow, let them know I appreciate it and everything.”
I appreciated it, I know that.