PLAYER PROFILE – FB SHANE BANNON

PERSONAL FILE

Shane John Bannon

Born – April 20, 1989, in Southbury, Connecticut.

Parents – Parents are Lisa and Robert Bannon.

Hometown – Southbury, Connecticut, is a town of about 20,000 people that sits next to I-84 in the southwest corner of the state. It’s largely a suburban and rural area, with one of the biggest employers being IBM, which built a research facility there in 1987. The land where the town sits was purchased from the Paugussett Indians in 1659 and the town was incorporated in 1787.

BODY OF WORK

Height – 6-feet, 1 ½ inches.

  • Weight – 265 pounds.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.81 seconds.
  • 20-yard dash – 2.85 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.81 seconds.
  • Bench press – 14 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 29 inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 1-inch.

He was not invited to the NFL Combine or any of the post-season all-star games.

Coming out of high school he was listed at 6-3, 245 pounds.

HIGH SCHOOL

Bannon is a 2007 graduate of Pomperaug High School, part of the Pomperaug Regional School District. While participating for the Panthers, he earned eight varsity letters in football, track and hockey. He began his football career as a sophomore at PHS; before that he had not played the game. He joined the Panthers program coached by Chuck Drury in 2004 when they went 12-0 and won a state championship.

He was the captain of the track & field team in his senior season, where he threw the shot put and discus. In the South West Conference meet in his senior season, Bannon threw the shot 45-feet, 11 inches to take second place and he threw the discus 106-feet, 1-inch to finish in sixth place.

FOOTBALL

2006 – Two-way performer, who was top-notch in a blocking role in the Panthers offense. Bannon was named All-League first team in 2006, as Pomperaug finished 5-5 on the season.

2005 – The Panthers were 7-3 after their championship season, with Bannon earning extended playing time.

2004 – Bannon helped Pomperaug win a state title, beating Branford 30-7 as the Panthers finished 12-0 on the season.

COLLEGE

Bannon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University. He will receive his diploma in ceremonies on May 22 in New Haven. While playing for the Elis, he worked under head coaches Jack Siedlecki (2008) and Tom Williams (2009-10.)

2010 – He started 10 games at H-Back and caught 13 passes for 122 yards and a TD. His career best game was 6 catches for 41 yards and a TD against Dartmouth. He was named the Jim Keppel Award winner as Yale’s offensive back of the year. The Eli were 7-3 last year, third in the Ivy.

2009 – Working at FB, he started all 10 games. He had 2 carries and 2 catches with 1 TD. That score came against Princeton. Yale ended with a 4-6 record, sixth in the league.

2008 – Bannon appeared in eight games as a sophomore, spending most of his time contributing on special teams. He caught his first TD pass, a 5-yard play, in a season opening victory over Georgetown. The Bulldogs finished fourth in the Ivy at 6-4.

2007 – Ivy League rules do not have freshmen play varsity football. He played tailback on Yale’s junior varsity team.

Season

G

S

Att.

Yds.

TD

 

Rec.

Yds.

TD

2010

10

10

0

0

0

 

13

122

1

2009

10

10

2

0

1

 

2

20

0

2008

8

0

0

0

0

 

1

5

1

2007

JV

X

X

x

x

 

x

x

X

Totals

28

20

2

0

1

 

16

147

2

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Bannon is very athletic, especially among the body types that play FB or H-Back. Very quick, with good speed, he attacks blocks, pass routes and what few carries he was allowed during his college career. Good lead blocker and has good hands to catch balls out of the backfield, or coming from the TE or H-Back spots. Hard-nosed type, Bannon loves the action and contact of the game; he will finish blocks. He plays smart football, not just Ivy League smart but football smart.

Weaknesses – His lack of experience against top talent leaves him having to make up a lot of ground. Getting open for a catch is a lot harder in the NFL than the Ivy League. He’ll grab the pass, but won’t produce much after the catch unless somebody misses a tackle. While he’s very sound technically as a blocker, Bannon is not overpowering when moving the opponent out of the way.

Analysis – Special teams will be Bannon’s entrée into pro football and that’s going to force him to play in space. While he shows he’s a good athlete, agility is not one of his strengths. It’s hard to imagine him rising above the bottom of the roster no matter how long he plays. But he’s got the attitude and smarts that any coach would love to have around.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Yale head coach Tom Williams – “He has worked very diligently to put himself in the position to achieve this dream of his. Hard work is something that Shane is not afraid of. I think he has embraced the things we have asked him to do since we have been here and at the end of the season he put the time in to give himself this opportunity in the draft.”

More from Williams – “He has an outgoing personality. He is a chatter box. I sometimes tease him at practice, because he is always talking, sometimes about football, sometimes not. The guys love him, because of his personality, and he keeps it light, which is great. We want to have more fun than anybody we play. I think Shane has taken it to heart. He likes to have fun. The thing I will say is when it is time to be serious; he is very serious about playing the game and wants to win. He strikes the right balance between competing and having a good time.”

Even more from Williams – “”He can block and block and you slip him out of the backfield, you throw him the ball, and he catches it like a receiver. He has really good hands. He is a good athlete for as big as he is. We call him the Dancing Bear, because he is really light on his feet. He is, obviously, a threat to run with the ball after the catch. As a coach, it is great to have a guy who can do both. Any time you have one of those players who can do all of those things, it just adds to your flexibility offensively.”

And yet one more from Williams – “He blocks, he catches, he moves in terms of motion. He will kick out an end; he will lead up on a linebacker. He has to be able to block moving targets. As big as Shane is at 260 pounds, he has great feet, and he is athletic enough to get on a smaller, more agile target and stay on that target. He (did) all those things for us and did them well.”

Bannon’s agent Joe Linta – “He has light feet, great hands, he runs really good routes and he has a burst after he catches the ball. In addition to all these things, his rear and his legs are the size of Mississippi. He blows people up as a blocker, he is a demon on special teams and he catches the ball really smoothly low and behind him. When he is playing tight end, and they run boot or waggle, he gets across the field as quick as anyone I have seen, and he has tremendous position versatility.”

WHAT HE SAYS

“I have no problem being the underdog. I kind of like it that way. I look forward to proving everyone wrong.”

On playing in the NFL – “It is everyone’s dream, but you never know how attainable it is. The fact that I put myself in the position where there is a possibility I can attain it is spectacular. I couldn’t be more excited.”


3 Responses to “PLAYER PROFILE – FB SHANE BANNON”

  • May 16, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    Must be a special teams weapon. His stats are unimpressive.


  • May 16, 2011  - Stats? says:

    Who’s looking for a fullback to produce stats?


  • May 17, 2011  - Tokyo Tim says:

    He ran a 4.69 forty at his pro day, which is part of the reason he got hyped up prior to the draft. That and he supposedly looked good as a blocker on film. Bob, did you ever look at the game film on this guy?




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