2005: Buchanon, who also has seen action at cornerback in his career (where he has starting experience), will serve as a backup wide receiver as a senior in 2005.
2004: Buchanon was a reserve wide receiver as a junior in 2004. Overall in 2004 while seeing action in 12 games (all but UCLA), he had 4 catches for 15 yards (3.8 avg.). He caught 2 passes for 11 yards versus Arizona.
2003: Buchanon began his 2003 sophomore season as a backup cornerback, but was switched back to backup wide receiver by mid-season. Overall in 2003 while seeing action in 7 games (all but California, Washington State, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State), he made 3 tackles, an interception and a deflection on defense, but didn't have a catch on offense. He suffered a sprained back prior to the Washington State game and missed USC's last 4 games. He had 2 tackles and the interception against Stanford.
2002: Buchanon came into his 2002 redshirt freshman season as a backup wide receiver, but was moved to cornerback in the pre-season when injuries hit the secondary. He made an immediate impression, even starting 3 mid-season games (Oregon State, Washington State, California) when Ronald Nunn got hurt (he saw significant action at Kansas State when Nunn was injured early in that game). Overall in 2002 while appearing in 11 games (all but Auburn and Arizona State), he had 19 tackles, including 1 for a loss of 4 yards, and 6 deflections. He had 4 tackles at Kansas State and 3 deflections at Washington State. He sprained his neck at Stanford and missed the Arizona State game.
2001: Buchanon saw brief action at wide receiver in USC's first 2 games (San Jose State and Kansas State) of 2001, his first year at USC, but then a lower back sprain sidelined him for the rest of the season. The early-season injury allowed him to redshirt. He did not catch a pass.
HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 2000 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Student Sports Senior All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region Super 30, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-CIF San Diego Section first team and All-Avocado League Co-MVP honors as a senior at Oceanside (Calif.) High. He had 30 receptions for 553 yards (18.4 avg.) and 5 TDs in 2000. Oceanside was 9-4-1 in 2000.
As a 1999 junior, he caught 24 passes for 553 yards (23.0 avg.) and 5 TDs as Oceanside won the CIF San Diego Section Division II title.
He made 30 catches for 302 yards (10.2 avg.) as a 1998 sophomore.
In his career, he caught 90-plus passes for 1,621 yards and 15 scores. He also had 5 career interceptions (1 for a TD) as a defensive back in his career.
He also was on the track team at Oceanside, with bests of 11.19 in the 100 meters, 22.73 in the 200 meters, 48.6 in the 400 meters, 21-10 ¾ in the long jump and 43-11 in the triple jump.
PERSONAL: He's an African American studies major at USC. His father, Willie, was a 1971 All-American cornerback at San Diego State who was a 3-time Pro Bowler during his 11-year (1972-82) NFL career, the first 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers and the last 4 with the San Diego Chargers (he also prepped at Oceanside). Willie's second cousin is former Trojan fullback C.R. Roberts (1955-56).
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