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Ducks Football BIO
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DeForest Buckner
Player Profile:
DeForest Buckner 823439
Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 286
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Waianae, Hawaii
High School: Punahou HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Season Stats Career Stats

2015 Oregon's second-leading tackler (83) and team's defensive Most Outstanding Player became only the school's second defender since 1983 to be named the Pac-12's Defensive Player-of-the-Year . . . Became the sixth Duck - fourth on defense - to win the prestigious Morris Trophy, voted on by opposing Pac-12 linemen who lined up across from him . . . One of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end was credited with seven or more tackles in each of his last six appearances, including a personal-best 10 stops in the win at Stanford . . . Included among his totals were six unassisted stops at Arizona State as well as five solo efforts vs. California, Oregon State, and TCU . . . Earning first-team All-America accolades by USA Today and second-team honors from the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America, he either led or shared the team lead in stops on four occasions and tallied more total tackles than any any of the school's previous down linemen in 27 years . . . Contributed eight stops against the Sun Devils and USC . . . Leading the league in QB sacks (10.5) and ranking fourth in TFLs (17), he was credited with tackles for loss in 12 of 13 games in addition to posting quarterback sacks in each of his final eight appearances of the season . . . Led Oregon in stops vs. Georgia State with seven (4 unassisted), including 2.5 TFLs (7 yards) and 1.5 QB sacks (6 yards) . . . Shared the team lead with six stops against Utah in addition to breaking up one pass and forcing a pair of quarterback hurries.

2014 — The second-team Pac-12 all-conference selection led the team in tackles for loss (13) with the most by a defensive lineman in four years . . . Also paced the interior line with 81 tackles (36 unassisted) - tying for fourth-most on the team . . . Had two or more TFL in three games (UCLA, Washington, and the Pac-12 Championship game) . . . Recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Pac-12 Championship game vs. Arizona . . . Established a career-high in tackles against Arizona with 11 . . . Started and recorded at least one tackle in all 15 games during the Ducks' 2014 campaign . . . His four total QB sacks came against Wyoming, UCLA, Utah, and Arizona in the regular season meeting and Pac-12 Championship . . . Led Ducks linemen with four pass breakups . . . Recipient of the Joe Schaffeld Trophy, given to Oregon's top defensive lineman.

2013 — The Ducks’ second-leading tackler among down linemen posted 39 stops  (12 unassisted) while finishing with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss . . . Starting the last eight games among his 13 appearances, was credited with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the opening quarter against California in addition to posting one quarterback sack among his three tackles . . . Recording six tackles at Stanford  along with five stops vs. Washington, UCLA, and Arizona, he was responsible for takedowns on 12 occasions . . . Finished with a pair of unassisted tackles in his season’s first start at Washington as well as the win over Tennessee . . . Also credited with QB sacks against Nicholls and Washington State along with an additional TFL  vs. UCLA . . . Logged his most extensive playing time in Tucson, Ariz., with his 79 snaps against the Wildcats representing one of four outings (including each of the last three games) when he took part in 70 or more plays . . . Forced one fumble, recovered a second loose football and was credited with 2.5 TFLs among his three tackles in the 2014 Spring Game.

2012 — Completed initial collegiate campaign as team’s third-leading tackler (29) among defensive linemen, appearing in all 13 games and earning two starts … Credited with single-game high five tackles at Arizona State before adding four stops the following week vs. Colorado . . . Enjoyed four-week stretch when he combined for 14 stops . . . Recorded two unassisted tackles in win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl … Totals included two tackles for loss for 8 yards, including a quarterback sack against Washington State . . . Recorded four tackles (three solo) and returned a kickoff in win at California … Credited with a quarterback hurry and two stops in victory vs. Arizona … Had two solo tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss in win over Tennessee Tech … Made collegiate debut and recorded three tackles in victory vs. Arkansas State . . . Named as recipient of Casanova Award as team’s top first-year player.

BEFORE OREGON — Competed in the 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game at defensive end … Recorded 73 tackles while helping lead team to second-place finish in state playoffs … Named first-team all-state at defensive end as a senior … As a sophomore, named all-state honorable mention, while receiving athlete of the year for his class … Four-year letterwinner in basketball, averaging 11.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a senior, helping lead team to third-place finish in Hawaii … Named to all-state first team and all-ILH League first team in basketball.

PERSONAL — Parents: George and Maria Buckner. Family: Three sisters and one brother. High School (Coach): Punahou (Kale Ane), 2012. Major: General Social Science.

HONORS AND AWARDS
2015
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
Morris Trophy Award Winner
1st-Team All-America (USA Today)
2nd-Team All-America (AP, FWAA)
1st-Team Pac-12 All-Conference
Skeie's Award Winner
Wilford Gonyea Award Winner
Joe Schaffeld Trophy Winner
Ted Hendricks Award Finalist (Top Defensive End)
Bednarik Award Watch List (National Defensive Player of the Year)
Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List (Best Defensive Player)
Rotary Lombardi Trophy Watch List (National Lineman Award)
2014
2nd-Team Pac-12 All-Conference
(Athlon's, Coaches, ESPN.com, Phil Steele)
Oregon's top defensive lineman (Joe Schaffeld Trophy)

2012
Team’s First-Year Player of the Year (Casanova Award)

 


BUCKNER'S CAREER BESTS
Points scored: 2, Michigan State, 09/06/14
All-purpose yards: 10, South Dakota, 08/30/14
Kick returns: 1, South Dakota, 08/30/14; at California, 11/10/12
Kick return yards: 10, South Dakota, 08/30/14 (1 returns)
Long kick return: 10, South Dakota, 08/30/14
Rush Attempts: 1, vs TCU, 01/02/16
Rush yards: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16 (1 carries)
Long rush: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16
Total offense attempts: 1, vs TCU, 01/02/16 (1 rush, 0 pass)
Total offense yards: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16, (10 rush, 0 pass)
All-purpose yards: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16
Tackles: 11, Arizona, 10/02/14 (3-8)
Sacks: 2, Washington State, 10/10/15
Tackles for loss: 2.5, Washington, 10/18/14 (2-0); Georgia State, 09/19/15
Fumbles forced: 1, at Washington State, 09/20/14; Cal, 09/28/13
Fumbles recovered: 1, USC 11/21/2015; Cal, 09/28/13
Pass breakups: 2, vs California, 10/24/14; at Washington, 10/17/15

 

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