DeForest Buckner was born in Waianae, Hawaii. Football is very popular in Hawaii. Every time I’ve been to Hawaii I see school football fields, and parks full of little kids practicing the sport. It didn’t matter how hot it was or whether it was the off season. DeForest Buckner was not any different, he has a true passion for the game. Buckner went to school at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. When it came to football he was a superstar at a very young age. Buckner was a four-star recruit by rivals.com. After graduating he had many offers to play college football. In 2012 Buckner joined the University of Oregon to play college football. In football height has it’s advantages, and Bucker has height to his advantage. He is a 6’7″ defensive end who helped Oregon reach the 2014-15 NCAA Championship game. To get offered an opportunity to join the Oregon Duck football team is a feat of it’s own, and then to also get field time as a freshman is almost unheard of. Buckner played in 13 games as a freshman, and 2 of those games he started. He didn’t disappoint when showing the world his talent. He finished his first year with the Ducks making 29 tackles and one sack. The world of football was all eyes Buckner. He started 8 games and played 13 games his sophomore year. He finished off his college career being amongst one of the top prospects as a senior for Pac-12 football. Today he is a top NFL draft player. With his passion for the sport, being a positive team player, and his unbelievable talent I see great things in the future for DeForest Buckner. I’m a resident of Oregon, and a Oregon Duck football fan. Watching the positive progression of Buckner’s talent has been fun. I’m excited to see what lucky NFL team will get to add this incredible defensive end to their roster.
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