Considering he wasn’t a big-name recruit coming out of high school, it’s impressive that Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon has been able to go from an unknown player to a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. With his team preparing to take on the high-powered Arizona State Sun Devils on Halloween night, Bucannon reflected on his WSU career with The Seattle Times:
I wasn’t like a five-star recruit. I was like three stars. Scout had me like the 102nd-rated safety. I’ve kind of been an underdog my whole life. Coach Ball, when I talked to him, he made me feel different, that I could be a great player.
Bucannon has quietly put together a great senior season for the 4-4 Cougars. He leads the Pac-12 in tackles with 73, and he’s intercepted four passes and forced three fumbles. Considering his good size — Bucannon is a heavy-hitter at 215 pounds — it is very likely he’ll be a high draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
[Source: The Seattle Times]