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Phillip Buchanon






182 lbs.




Fort Myers, Fla.

High School

Lehigh HS

Phillip Buchanon
31 ?Phillip Buchanon
Ft. Myers, Fl
High School:
Lehigh High School
Height / Weight:
5-11 / 182

Total Tackles – 10 (vs. Florida State, 2000)
Solo – 10 (vs. Florida State, 2000)
Assists – 3 (3 times; last at Syracuse, 2000)
Pass Break Ups – 2 (3 times; last vs. Pittsburgh, 2000)

First-Team All-American (ABC Sports Online,
Second-Team All-American (Associated Press)
Honorable Mention All-American (
BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year (Coaches)
First-Team All-BIG EAST (Coaches)
First-Team Mid-Season All-American (
Mosi Tatupu Award Finalist

2001 (JUNIOR): Elected to forego his senior season and apply for the NFL Draft following the 2001 season…did not redshirt as a true freshman, playing all three years at Miami…an exceptional big-play producer who earned First-Team All-America as both a cornerback (by ABC Sports Online) and a punt return specialist (…was one of three finalists for the Mosi Tatupu Award awarded annually to college football’s finest special teams player…named BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Year by a vote of the conference’s head coaches, in addition to making the All-BIG EAST First Team as a defensive back…was a member of the 30-man Watch List for the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back…burst on the national scene as an exceptional cover cornerback and dangerous punt returner…a speedster timed at 4.31 in the 40-yard dash during the offseason, Buchanon scored via punt return, interception return and fumble return during his Miami career…led the BIG EAST and ranked seventh nationally in punt returns average at 14.97 yards per return…second in the BIG EAST and tied for 16th nationally in interceptions average at .47 per game with five pickoffs in 11 games…scored three touchdowns in 2001 (two via punt returns and one via an interception return)…compiled 464 punt return yards, the fourth-most in Miami single-season history…had four punt returns of 50+ yards and five punt returns of at least 40 yards in 2001…averaged 31.4 yards per interception return (five for 157 yards) in 2001…also returned three kickoffs for 90 yards (30.0 avg.) in 2001…accumulated 711 total return yards this season… had 23 tackles (15 solos), two tackles for losses (22 yards), one quarterback sack (17 yards), broke up seven passes, recovered two fumbles and forced two fumbles…vital member of a secondary widely considered the best in college football…integral member of a defense that led the nation in scoring defense (9.4 ppg), pass efficiency defense (75.60 rating), and turnover margin (+2.36 per game), ranked 2nd in pass yardage (138.18 yards per game) and 6th in total defense (270.91 ypg)…earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week twice (vs. Rutgers, vs. Temple)…had a season-high four tackles at Penn State and vs. Washington…returned four punts for 89 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown return, against Rutgers…had one quarterback sack for a five-yard loss and returned an interception 67 yards in the win at Pittsburgh…also returned four punts for 46 yards against the Panthers…had four tackles, broke up four passes and two interceptions in the 49-27 win at Florida State that snapped FSU’s 10-year home field unbeaten streak…returned five punts for 71 yards, including one 40-yard runback, against West Virginia…also forced and recovered a fumble against West Virginia…averaged 36.3 yards on three punt returns (109 yards), including a 52-yard runback for a touchdown, in the win over Temple…forced a fumble that he recovered on an option play pitchout against Syracuse…returned four punts for 75 yards, including a 59-yard runback, in the win over Syracuse…also ran back an interception 76 yards for a score against the Orangemen…had four solo tackles and returned a free kick 60 yards in the win over Washington…garnered three tackles (two solos), including one quarterback sack and two tackles for losses, in Miami’s 37-14 win over Nebraska in the 2002 Rose Bowl to help Miami earn its fifth national championship.

2000 (SOPHOMORE): Stepped into a starting role at midseason of 2000 due to an injury to Leonard Myers and held the job…quickly established himself as one of the top cover corners in the BIG EAST…began the 2000 season featured in nickel and dime packages…played in all 12 games, starting seven times (including the final four games of the season and the Nokia Sugar Bowl)…was sixth on the team in tackles with 44 (35 solos)…began the season as a nickel back and a reserve cornerback behind Leonard Myers, but took over the starting role when Myers suffered a foot injury versus Rutgers…recovered a fumble and raced 77 yards for a touchdown to cap a record-setting day by the UM defense in a 47-10 win at West Virginia…in his first starting assignment, Buchanon had 10 tackles (all solos) and broke up two passes in Miami’s 27-24 win over top-ranked Florida State…broke up nine passes and intercepted two others on the season…both interceptions came in Miami’s 35-7 rout of Pittsburgh…returned an interception 78 yards for a score to put Miami on the board against Pittsburgh, a game in which he had two interceptions…had one tackle and a crucial pass interception to set up a UM score in Miami’s 37-20 win over Florida in the Nokia Sugar Bowl.

1999 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in ten games for the Hurricanes…tallied 21 tackles, 12 solo, on the season…also recorded one tackle for a loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble…recorded three tackles, one for a loss of twelve yards, in the home opener against Florida A&M…registered two tackles against Florida State…had three tackles against Temple…posted a career-high six tackles against Syracuse.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lehigh…a 4A All-State selection…registered 102 tackles, including 42 solo stops, two quarterback sacks and seven interceptions during his senior season…also returned three punts for touchdowns…also competed at running back, registering 928 rushing yards on 115 carries with 13 touchdowns…caught 15 passes for 289 yards and three scores as a senior…one of the state’s top baseball prospects…a four-year letterwinner as a member of the baseball team…was a second-team All-State selection as in baseball as a senior after batting .463 with seven triples, six doubles and five home runs…four-year letterman on the school’s basketball team where he averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 steals per game…ran track for three seasons, recording personal bests of 10.5 in the 100 meters and 21.8 in the 200 meters…a member of the school’s honor roll and the Scholar Club…recognized for his work in the classroom by being named one of Lehigh’s top scholar-athletes…timed at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash…coached by Larry Gary.

PERSONAL: Born 9/19/80…full name is Phillip Darren Buchanon…considered Wisconsin, Iowa and Kansas State…is the cousin of former Florida All-America defensive end Jevon Kearse of the Tennessee Titans…son of Annie Dalis and James Buchanon.


Year G-S TTck Solo Asst TFL Sk-Yds Int-Yds BrUp FF FR
2001 11-11 24 16 8 2-22 2-24 5-157 7 1 2
2000 11-6 44 35 9 1-3 0-0 2-78 9 1 1
1999 10-0 21 12 9 1-12 0-0 0-0 1 1 0
Totals 21-6 65 47 18 2-15 0-0 2-78 10 2 1


PUNT RETURNS      G   No.    Yds  TD  Lg Avg/R Avg/G2001...........  11    31    464   2  59  15.0  42.2TOTAL..........  32    31    464   2  59  15.0  14.5

KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G2001……….. 11 3 90 0 60 30.0 8.2TOTAL………. 32 3 90 0 60 30.0 2.8

INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G2000……….. 11 2 78 1 71 39.0 7.12001……….. 11 5 157 1 76 31.4 14.3TOTAL………. 32 7 235 2 76 33.6 7.3

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G2000……….. 11 0 0 0 0 78 78 7.12001……….. 11 0 0 464 90 157 711 64.6TOTAL………. 32 0 0 464 90 235 789 24.7