Senior who has made the transition from the defensive side of the ball to fullback in the spring for his final campaign... has seen action at both linebacker and safety during his Carolina career... solid special teams performer... last played in the backfield during his prep days in Buford, Ga... has made two career starts, both coming at linebacker in the 2006 campaign... was born in Paris, France, and came to the United States as an eighth-grader.
2007: Saw most of his action on special teams, playing in 10-of-12 games... suffered a right knee sprain in the opening game win over Louisiana-Lafayette and did not play against either Georgia or South Carolina State... returned to active duty against LSU... credited with four solo tackles, including a pair of stops against Clemson.
2006: Began the season at linebacker, moved to safety, then returned to an outside linebacker position... started the regular season's final two games (Middle Tennessee and Clemson) at linebacker after an injury to Cody Wells... also used on special teams... credited with 22 tackles, including 17 solo stops... had a pair of sacks... logged a season-high five tackles against Middle Tennessee... recovered a fumble on special teams against Tennessee... also forced one fumble.
2005: Began the season in the secondary, but was moved to the outside linebacker position... true freshman who played in all 12 games, figuring in on nine tackles, including five solo stops... had a season-high four stops in the bowl game against Missouri and registered three tackles in the Auburn game.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Buford (Ga.) High in 2005... helped his team to a 58-2 record and four state championship appearances, including three titles for Coach Dexter Wood... his team won 47 straight games... ran for 820 yards and eight TDs in 2004... also totaled 79 tackles with four interceptions as a senior... named first-team all-county and second-team all-state... received the Senior Captain Award... was on the state champion 4x100m relay team.
PERSONAL: Yvan Loic Banag was born in Paris, France, on December 23, 1986... came to the United States as an eighth-grader... pursuing a degree in hotel, restaurant and tourism management... named pronounced ee-VON ben-AG.