by Greg Katz
LOS ANGELES – USC Trojans junior starting offensive right tackle Zach Banner is hoping someday his writing is on the wall – the wall of USC All-America football plaques that hug a cement ramp that leads from the opulent John McKay Center to storied Howard Jones-Brian Kennedy Field.
While preparing for a Dec. 30 National Funding Holiday Bowl date with the Wisconsin Badgers, Banner — the son of College Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy — had a chance to reflect on his decision not to enter this April’s NFL draft.
“I just saw it as the best opportunity for myself,” said Banner, a 6-foot-9, 360-pound All-Pac-12 behemoth. “I am not going to sit here and say that I was thinking about the team, because when you have to make that decision of carrying on or staying, it’s almost as if you’re choosing a decision to go to a school or choosing to go to another school.”