Alabama football CB Marcus Banks enters transfer portal

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football cornerback Marcus Banks has entered his name in the transfer portal, The Tuscaloosa News confirmed Monday.

"Thank you to all of the coaches, staff, fans, and especially to all my brothers/teammates at The University of Alabama," Banks later tweeted. "With that being said I’ve officially entered my name in the NCCA Transfer portal with 2 years left of eligibility."

Banks is a third-year cornerback for the Crimson Tide from Houston, where he was a four-star prospect. He has primarily served in a backup role this season. He made his first career start for Alabama against Mercer earlier this season, tallying an interception and four tackles. 

This season, he's tallied six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and an interception. 

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He first appeared for the Crimson Tide in 2019 in seven games. Then, he was primarily a special teamer as he saw time in nine games during the 2020 season. He played on special teams in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Notre Dame and national championship game against Ohio State. 

At cornerback, Alabama's primary starters this season have been Jalyn Armour-Davis and Josh Jobe. With Jobe unable to practice because of a turf toe injury heading into the LSU game, Alabama gave the starting nod to freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry, who was a five-star prospect coming out of high school. 

And when Armour-Davis had to leave the game with a rib injury, Alabama put Jobe in the game. 

"He was ready to play in the game, but because he hadn't practiced a lot and fear of making his toe worse we were sort of seeing if we could get it done without him," Nick Saban said Saturday. "Then when Jalyn went down we thought (Jobe) was the best option to put in the game and he wanted to play, and he was ready to play, and I thought played pretty well."