Insiders Exclusive: Q&A with WR Gary Banks's Michael Kranzler continues interviewing members of the Chargers' rookie class, this time landing Gary Banks for an Insider exclusive feature. Banks talks about transitioning from quarterback to receiver, playing better than his stats and doing his part to help the Chargers reach the Super Bowl.

Michael Kranzler: How does it make you feel knowing that you were picked 100 spots higher in the 2000 MLB Amateur Draft than Dontrelle Willis?

Gary Banks: [Laughing] It's crazy. As far as people getting drafted, it doesn't mean anything. Like you said, he got drafted behind me, but look what he's doing in baseball. You never know what's going to happen with people who get drafted.

MK: Why did you choose to go to Troy after playing baseball rather than honoring your original commitment to UAB?

GB: It was an interesting story. When I came back in the summer of 2003 after deciding I wasn't going to play baseball anymore, I was all squared away to go back to UAB and start that fall semester of 2003. Coach [Watson] Brown, who was the head coach of UAB at the time, kind of decided that it would be best for me to let my body rest, take a semester off and just get back in shape and come back in the spring. But during the time that I was at home, a college recruiter from Troy University came to my old high school and my head coach there called me at home. He had told the recruiter that I was done playing baseball and he thought I should come down and meet him. So I met him and I took a visit to Troy. I liked the atmosphere, I liked the coaching staff, and that's how I came to Troy University in the spring of 2004 instead of going to UAB.

MK: How difficult was the transition from quarterback to wide receiver when you came to Troy?

GB: It wasn't that bad. Like I said, I came in the spring of 2004 at Troy University, and I worked the whole spring as a quarterback, and I didn't make that change until my first two-a-days at Troy. It was kind of an easy transition because I understood all the plays. I knew all the routes, and I think that helped me a lot in terms of getting some playing time. I think the hardest thing was just trying to control my body in running routes and trying to read coverages on the line. That was probably the toughest part. Other than that, it was a pretty easy transition.

MK: You had a little bit of a drop-off between your junior and senior years in terms of receptions and touchdowns. Was there any specific reason for that?

GB: Well if you look at our stats, I think we led the nation in receivers with catches and receivers with touchdown catches. It's just a tribute to how well our quarterback was spreading the ball around. There wasn't a so-called "go-to" person. If you were open, he would get it to you. That had a lot to do with it, the simple fact that there were other guys scoring as well.

MK: Is there anything that you want to say to all the Chargers fans out there or that you would want them to know about you?

GB: I just want to let them know that I'm a hard worker and that if I make this team, I'm going to put my best foot forward in helping this team get to the Super Bowl this year.

Click here for the rest of this interview, where Banks talks about playing with the Chicago Cubs, learning from the Chargers' veterans and more.

Click here for a Q&A with Troy offensive coordinator Neil Brown regarding Banks.

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