Following off-season surgery on both shoulders, Iowa State tight end Mike Banks is ready for a productive senior season. Called by coach Dan McCarney the best tight end in the Big-12 Conference, Banks opted for surgery to improve his range of motion. He says he had the same problem in each shoulder, feeling pain while lifting.The Ogden native has always had soft hands and says early in his college career he concentrated on becoming a good run blocker. He says he was used to carrying the ball as a high school wingback, and he says becoming a good blocker has been a tough challenge. Banks says he was impressed with junior college quarterback Seneca Wallace during spring drills and his ability to make big plays.Iowa State opens the season at home September 8th against U-N-I.