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Buchanan Has Good Year, Focuses on 2012

Michael Buchanan (Holly Smith)

The Fighting Illini football team utilized the skills of two quality defensive ends to become one of the best defenses in the country. Whitney Mercilus became a consensus All-American, and Michael Buchanan has similar potential for next season. Buchanan feels the Illini are ready for a supreme effort against UCLA.

Michael Buchanan ranked fifth on the Illinois football team in tackles with 60 in 2011. He was credited with 6.5 sacks among his 12.5 tackles for loss. He also had four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in an excellent junior season. He might have been the team leader in sacks except for the sensational year enjoyed by Whitney Mercilus. Overall, Buchanan was pleased... Recommended Stories

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