Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, a sophomore from Punahou High School (Waianae, Hawaii), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Buckner was a multi-sport star in football and basketball. Buckner averaged 11.3 PPG and 8.9 RPG his senior season while leading his schooling to a third-place state finish. He also earned all-state first team and all-ILH League first team on the hardwood. In football, Buckner finished his senior season with 73 tackles while guiding the team to a second-place finish. Buckner earned a spot in the 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game as a defensive end.
Buckner had offers from Pac-12 schools Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State amongst other Division 1 programs. Buckner made a verbal commitment on January 3, 2012 and signed his letter of intent February 1, 2012.
In 2012, Buckner saw extensive time as a true freshman for the Ducks. Buckner appeared in all 13 games for the Ducks and was made a starter against Cal and Stanford late in the season. Buckner finished the season with 29 tackles (15 unassisted, 14 assisted), 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack for a loss of seven yards.
Going into the 2013 season, Buckner is expected to retain his job as backup DE to senior starter Taylor Hart. Once Hart graduates the job will be Buckner’s for the taking. Buckner, Arik Armstead and Alex Balducci make for a solid core of sophomores that will be the next generation of duck linemen. 2015 could be one of the best group of linemen in the country should all stay in Eugene and not turn pro early.