Michael Buchanan
Michael Buchanan

Homewood, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 250




Three Illini selected on Final Day of NFL Draft

Four Total Illinois Players Drafted in 2013 is More Than Any Other B1G Team


Four Fighting Illini Impress Scouts at NFL Combine

Buchanan, Hawthorne, Spence & Thornton Among Top Performers in Multiple Drills


Seniors, Award Winners Honored at Annual Banquet

Pocic, Williams Voted 2012 Captains


Illini Pay Tribute to 20 Seniors

Teammates Write Tributes to 2012 Senior Class


Game 12 Notes: Illinois at Northwestern

Illini Close 2012 Season with Rivalry Game in Evanston


2012 Illinois Football Seniors

Individual and group photos of the 20 2012 Illinois Football Seniors.


Illinois Football vs. Minnesota

Illinois football vs. Minnesota @ Memorial Stadium 9/10/12


Illinois vs. Indiana

Illinois vs. Indiana 10/27/2012 @ Memorial Stadium


AP Photos: Football vs. Wisconsin

AP Photos: Football vs. Wisconsin


Illinois vs. Penn State

Illinois vs. Penn State @ Memorial Stadium 9/29/12


  • Invited to 2013 Senior Bowl
  • Second-team All-Big Ten in both 2011 and 2012
  • Played in 46 career games, making 32 starts and posting 161 takles, 26.0 TFLs and 14.0 sacks
  • Helped lead Illinois to back-to-back bowl victores in 2010 (Texas Bowl) and 2011 (Kraft Fight Hunger)
  • Anchored a 2011 Illini defense that ranked seventh nationally in total defense (286.2 ypg) and third nationally in pass defense (162.3 ypg)
    2012 - Senior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, honrable mention by the media ... Named team's Outstanding Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet ... Started all 12 games and led the team in sacks with 4.5 for a total of 43 yards and QB hurries with five ... Also posted 57 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, five PBUs, one INT and one FF in senior season ... Posted nine tackles, including one sack for a loss of four yards, and recorded a hurry at Northwestern ... Registered five tackles, including a sack for a loss of eight yards, against Purdue ... Registered five tackles, including a half-TFL, and a career-high two PBUs at Wisconsin ... Recorded six tackles, including a half-sack, against Penn State ... Registered six tackles, including a sack, a PBU and forced a fumble against Louisian Tech ... Recorded four tackles, one TFL and two QB hurries in victory over Charleston Southern ... Broke up a pass and recorded two tackles at Arizona State ... Made first career interception and added two TFLs, one sack, two QB hurries and one PBU in season-opening win over Western Michigan ... Named to preseason watch lists for four major awards (Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, Bednarik Award & Rotary Lombardi Award) ... Named a preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele

    2011 - Junior: Named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media ... Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts ... Second on the team and fourth in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks and also had 64 tackles, 13.5 TFLs and four hurries on the season ... Had four tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Recorded five tackles and a half-sack against Minnesota ... Posted four tackles and one TFL against Wisconsin ... Recorded five tackles and a half-TFL against Michigan ... Posted seven tackles and a sack against Penn State ... Posted eight tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack against Ohio State ... Recorded a career-high 10 tackles along with three TFLs in win over Northwestern ... Posted five tackles, a sack, 1.5 TFLs, forced a fumble and three QB hurries against Western Michigan ... Recorded four tackles, including a career-best 1.5 sacks and a QB hurry in the win over Arizona State ... Tallied a sack and two tackles against South Dakota State.

    2010 - Sophomore: Played in 11 games, including eight starts at the bandit position ... Totaled 40 tackles on the season, including 5.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, two PBUs, two hurries and one fumble recovery ... Had five tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one QB hurry and a half-sack in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Posted four tackles and a career-high two TFLs at Fresno State ... Had five tackles, including a career-best four solos, and a half-sack, at Michigan ... Recorded first career sack against Michigan State ... Tallied a career-high seven tackles against Ohio State ... Sat out the Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois games due to a suspension ... Made first career start in season opener against Missouri.

    2009 - Freshman: Played in 10 games, recording a quarterback hurry and pass break up against Illinois State.

    High School: Member of the Champaign News-Gazette All-State team ... A four-star recruit by ... Rated the No. 14 defensive end nationally by ... Posted over 100 tackles, 15 TFLs and five sacks in just nine games as a senior ... Had 75 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior ... PrepStar All-Midwest team ... Named the No. 52 defensive end nationally by ... Ranked as the No. 59 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... Ranked as a top-100 defensive end by ESPNU ... High school coach was Kenneth Smith ... Also a member of the Homewood-Flossmoor basketball team.

    Personal: Born Jan. 24, 1991 ... Son of Michael Buchanan Sr., and Lolita Jordan ... Majoring in communication ...High school teammate of fellow Illini Supo Sanni ... Chose Illinois over Purdue and Vanderbilt.

    Tackles: 10 vs. Northwestern, 10/1/11
    Solos: 6, twice (last at Northwestern, 11/24/12)
    TFLs: 3.0 vs. Northwestern, 10/1/11
    Sacks: 1.5 vs. Arizona State, 9/17/11
    QB Hurries: 3 vs. Western Michigan, 9/24/11
    FF: 1, twice (last vs. La. Tech, 9/22/12)
    FR: 1, twice (last vs. UCLA, 12/31/11)
    PBUs: 2 at Wisconsin, 10/6/12
    Interceptions: 1 vs. Western Michigan, 9/1/12

    Buchanan's Statistics:


    Buchanan's Game-By-Game Statistics (entering 2012)

    (updated 1/6/13)