CAREER: He has 27 starts in his career.
2016: Banner, USC’s biggest player who also played basketball at USC earlier in his career, will start for his third season at right offensive tackle and is an All-American candidate.
2015: Banner started for his second season at offensive tackle as a junior in 2015. He started 12 times at right tackle and twice (Utah and Wisconsin) at left tackle. He made the 2015 CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American third team and All-Pac-12 first team, as well as AP All-Pac-12 second team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team. He won USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. He had 1 tackle in 2015.
2014: Banner started all of 2014 at right offensive tackle as a sophomore. He made 2014 CollegeFootball News Sophomore All-American honorable mention. He had 1 tackle in 2014.
2013: Banner played briefly as a backup offensive tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2013, appearing in 2 early-season games (Hawaii, Boston College), then was sidelined the rest of the year with an injury that required surgery on both hips.
2012: Banner redshirted as a freshman offensive tackle in 2012, his first year at USC.
BASKETBALL: He joined the 2013 USC men’s basketball team after the conclusion of the 2012 football season, but did not see any action.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2011 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, SI.com All-American first team, Max Preps All-American second team, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, ESPNU 150, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Seattle Times All-State, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets and Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team as a senior offensive lineman at Lakes High in Lakewood (Wash.). He was a finalist for the 2012 Watkins Award, given to the nation’s top African-American high school scholar-athlete.
As a junior in 2010, he made USA Today All-USA first team, Max Preps All-American second team, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Max Preps Junior All-American first team and All-State 3-A first team.
He also played basketball at Lakes, helping the team to the 2011 state 3A title.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT ZACH BANNER
Kyle Bonagura, ESPN.com: “At 6-foot-9, 360 pounds, Banner is a mountain of a man and one of the most imposing figures in college football. After briefly toying with the idea of leaving for the NFL draft, Banner returns to anchor an experienced offensive line that will be essential in establishing the physical brand of football coach Clay Helton is hoping to instill.”