Lane football player charged in Vanderbilt rape case will play this weekend

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JACKSON, Tenn. — A Lane College football player charged in the Vanderbilt rape case is expected to play this weekend for the first time. Brandon Banks has been added to the Dragons roster but has not yet been added to the team’s depth chart, school officials have confirmed via text message. Banks is expected to play Saturday against Bethune-Cookman University at Daytona Beach, Fla., according to head coach Derrick Burroughs. “Felt like it was the right time,” Burroughs said. “Still trial by fire. Hope he’s ready to go, but you never know until you give him an opportunity to play.” Burroughs added that Banks will not start nor will he be restricted to a play count during Saturday’s contest. The team leaves for Florida on Thursday night. Lane’s current record is 1-1, and their home-opener is next weekend against Tuskegee University on Sept. 26. Banks is awaiting trial on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Banks’ case is pending with no trial date currently set.

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