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Buchanan Gaining Confidence With Experience

Mike Buchanan (Holly Smith)

It is enjoyable watching college athletes mature into confident men as they progress through their years on campus. Fighting Illini Bandit Mike Buchanan is among those who has continued to evolve both personally and athletically. Now in his third season, Buchanan has the experience and confidence to be a standout.

Michael Buchanan has played a lot of football in his two years at Illinois. Gaining valuable experience as a freshman, he became the starting Bandit as a sophomore. But through those two years, he was uncomfortable around media. Fortunately, those days are behind him. "Yeah, I'm more relaxed with you guys. It takes awhile. I think I'm used to it." The consequence of his comfort level is a...

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