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David Buehler

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 227 | College: Southern California
 
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Overview

Unlike most place-kickers, Buehler is an impressive athlete with exceptional strength for a player at his position. Her proved that recently at the NFL Combine, where his 25 repetitions bench pressing 225 pounds was more than even three of the 2009 NFL Draft's elite offensive linemen, Michael Oher of Mississippi, Eugene Monroe of Virginia and Max Unger of Oregon. One look at his family tree, you can see that stellar athletes are the norm in the Buehler household.

His father, John, was a three-year letterman (1969-71) on Southern California's track team as a shot putter. His uncle, George Buehler, lettered in football at Stanford for three seasons (1966-68) and then played offensive guard with the Oakland Raiders (1969-78) and Cleveland Browns (1978-79). Another uncle, Charles, lettered in football at Stanford for three years (1960-62).

During his prep and junior college playing days, Buehler served as his team's place-kicker, linebacker and running back. He also competed in volleyball, golf and track. Upon his arrival at Southern California in 2006, he also worked at fullback and strong safety.

Still, it is his strong kicking leg that he will make his professional living. He holds the distinction of being the only the second kicker in school history to score at least 100 points (2007) in a season, joining Ryan Killeen (122 in 2003, 112 in 2004). Buehler's kickoff abilities are also quite special. On 180 kickoffs, 105 of them (58.3 percent) have pinned opponents within the 20-yard line, with 69 resulting in touchbacks (38.3 percent).

Buehler handled kicking chores at Canyon High School, where he also saw action as a fullback and linebacker. He earned 2004 All-Century League honors as a senior. He also lettered in volleyball, golf and track.

As a freshman, Buehler attended Santa Ana Junior College. Playing on both offense and defense, in addition to handling kickoff chores he was selected to the All-Mission Conference National Division first-team. He registered 25 touchbacks on his 58 kickoffs, and 29 tackles (19 solos) with one interception as a linebacker. Playing fullback, he rushed for 50 yards on nine carries (5.6 avg) with five touchdowns and also caught a pass for a 2-yard score in ten games.

Buehler transferred to Southern California in 2006, playing behind the late Mario Danelo during his first year in the program. He appeared in 11 games, making his only field-goal try, a 49-yarder vs. California, the longest three-pointer by a USC kicker since 1998. He kicked off eight times, pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line on six of those attempts, including three touchbacks.

With the tragic death of Mario Danelo, Buehler inherited the place-kicking chores for the Trojans in 2007. The All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention scored 100 points on 16 of 19 field goals and 52 of 54 extra-point attempts. He added three solo tackles and pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line on 35 of his 84 kickoffs, producing 18 touchbacks.

Buehler was named the Trojans' co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008. He added All-Pac 10 Conference first-team honors, as he amassed 92 points, delivering on 9 of 13 field goals and 65 of 66 PATS. He pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 64 times on 88 kickoffs that included 48 touchbacks.

Analysis

Positives: NFL-caliber leg strength. Capable of handling kickoff and field-goal duties at the next level. Accurate. Gets good, quick elevation on his kicks. Rare size and athleticism for a kicking prospect. Can break down and make the open-field tackle in coverage. Practiced at fullback and safety with the Trojans. Unfazed by jump in competition from junior college to USC.

Negatives: Regressed as a senior in his deep accuracy. Only made 1-of-4 career field goal attempts against rival UCLA. Lacks experience in clutch situations; USC rarely played in close games.

Career Notes

In two-plus seasons at Southern California, Buehler connected on 26 of 33 field goals (78.79 percent) and 117 of 120 extra-point attempts (97.5 percent) for 195 points … Recorded five solo tackles … Kicked off 180 times, with 105 pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line (58.33 percent) and 69 ruled touchbacks (38.33 percent) … Scored 100 points in 2007, the third-highest season total by a Trojans kicker, topped by Ryan Killeen (122 in 2003, 112 in 2004).

2008 Season

All-American second-team selection as a kickoff specialist by The NFL Draft Report … All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice … Named the team's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year … Handled place-kicking and kickoff duties in all thirteen games … Connected on 65-of-66 PATs and 9-of-13 field goals for 92 points … Also posted a pair of solo tackles … 48 of his 88 kickoffs were good for touchbacks (54.55 percent) and 64 pinned foes within the 20-yard line (72.73 percent).

2008 Game Analysis

Virginia … Buehler began the season with ten points on seven PATs and a 20-yard field goal … Also had five of his nine kickoffs pin the Cavaliers within the 20-yard line (with 3 touch-backs).

Ohio State … Followed with five extra points, as five of Buehler's six kickoffs pinned the Buckeyes within the 20 (with 3 touchbacks).

Oregon State … Added three PATs to go with four kickoffs, as two of them pinned the Beavers within the 20-yard line.

Oregon … Scored a season-high 14 points on five PATs and field goals of 21, 36 and 42 yards … Kicked off nine times, producing six touchbacks.

Arizona State … Successful on all four extra point tries and four of five kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Washington State … Missed on a PAT attempt for the only time in 2008, but made nine other tries, as he also registered nine touchbacks on ten kickoffs.

Arizona … Made a tackle on the kickoff coverage squad, booted two extra points to go with a 43-yard field goal and recorded three touchbacks on four kickoffs.

Washington … Credited with eight extra points and four touchbacks, as seven of his nine kickoffs pinned the Huskies inside the 20-yard line, earning Pac-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

California … Added a 27-yard field goal and two PATs, as three of four kickoffs were good for touchbacks.

Stanford … Made six more PATs, a 37-yard field goal and a solo tackle for the coverage squad, as he kicked off eight times with four touchbacks.

Notre Dame … Followed with five extra points and a 35-yard field goal … Added four touchbacks on seven kickoffs to pick up his second Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honor in 2008.

UCLA … Missed on all three field goal tries, but had four PATs and three touchbacks on five kickoffs.

Penn State (Rose Bowl) … Closed out his career with a 30-yard field goal, five extra points and seven kickoffs with two touchbacks.

He made all 4 of his PATs (but missed all 3 of his field goal tries) and had 3 touchbacks on his 5 kickoffs at UCLA. He hit all 5 of his PATs and a 30-yard field goal vs. Penn State, plus 6 of his 7 kickoffs pinned the Nittany Lions within the 20 (with 2 touchbacks).

2007 Season

All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention in his first season as the team's full-time place-kicker … Made 16-of-19 field goals (84.21 percent) and 52-of-54 PATs (96.3 percent), as his 100 points scored rank third among USC kickers for a season … Added three solo tackles on the coverage unit … Kicked off 84 times, pinning the opponent inside the 20-yard line 35 times, including 18 touchbacks.

2007 Game Analysis

Hit all five of his PATs and a 36-yard field goal vs. Idaho, plus six of his seven kickoffs pinned the Vandals within the 20 (including 4 touchbacks) … Made all seven of his PATs at Nebraska and vs. Washington State, he connected on field goals of 23 and 29 yards, was 5-of-6 on extra point tries, pinned the Cougars within the 20 on four of his nine kickoffs and even ran down and tackled a WSU kick returner who had broken free at midfield to save a touch-down … .Booted a 22-yarder and a 33-yarder with 3:01 to play that proved to be the decisive points and all three of his extra points at Washington … In the Stanford game, he made a 34-yard field goal, 2-of-3 PATs and pinned the Cardinal within the 20 on three of his five kickoffs (with 2 touchbacks) … Connected on field goals of 27 and 23 yards vs. Arizona and three of his five kickoffs pinned the Wildcats within the 20 (with a touchback) … Hit a 30-yard field goal and all five of his PATs at Notre Dame and four of his seven kickoffs pinned the Irish within the 20 (with 2 touchbacks) … Successful on a 30-yard field goal and both extra points at Oregon … Booted a 47-yard field goal (also missed a 48-yarder) and all three of his extra points vs. Oregon State … Followed with a 28-yard field goal and three PATs at California … Kicked field goals of 42, 20 and 37 yards and all five of his extra points at Arizona State and had touchbacks on three of his nine kickoffs … Hit on all three extra points and a 46-yard field goal vs. UCLA … Connected on all seven extra point tries while five of his eight kickoffs were touchbacks vs. Illinois in the Rose Bowl.

2006 Season

Buehler, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2006 from a junior college, was a backup place-kicker specializing in kickoffs and played on special teams, but also worked at fullback and safety (he did not see action at those spots) … Appeared in eleven games (all but Arkansas and Nebraska), mainly on special teams … Hit his only field goal attempt, a 49-yarder vs. California, that was the longest by a Trojan since Adam Abrams had a 49-yarder at Oregon in 1998 … Kicked off in two games - once at Stanford and the entire Michigan game … Of his eight kickoffs, six pinned opponents within the 20-yard line (with three touchbacks).

2005 Season

Buehler earned All-Mission Conference National Division first team as a freshman place-kicker, linebacker and running back at Santa Ana (Cal.) Junior College … Tops in the league with 25 touchbacks on his 58 kickoffs … Ranked seventh on the team with 29 tackles (19 solos) and had a 13-yard interception return … Rushed for 50 yards on 9 carries (5.6 avg.) with five touchdowns and also caught a 2-yard scoring pass … "David did what we asked of him on the football field and continued to excel," said SAC head football coach Geoff Jones. "If I had 85 David Buehler's on the football team we would never lose, I would just have to teach one of them to throw."

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash … 1.50 10-yard dash … 2.62 20-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times … 30 1/4-inch arm length … 8 1/2-inch hands.

Junior College

He made the 2005 All-Mission Conference National Division first team as a freshman placekicker, linebacker and running back at Santa Ana (Calif.) Junior College. He had 25 touchbacks on his 58 kickoffs in 2005, plus recorded 24 tackles and one interception

High School

Attended Canyon (Anaheim, Cal.) High School, earning All-Century League team honors as a senior … Also lettered in volleyball, golf and track.

Personal

Public Policy, Management and Planning major, attaining a 2.76 grade point average … Father, John, was a three-year letterman (1969-71) on USC's track team as a shot putter … Uncle, George Buehler, lettered in football at Stanford for three years (1966-68) and then played guard with the Oakland Raiders (1969-78) and Cleveland Browns (1978-79) … Uncle, Charles, lettered in football at Stanford for three years (1960-62).

 
Latest News
04/27/2009 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 5/172 -- David Buehler, K, 6-2, 227, Southern Cal...The Cowboys have a Pro Bowl kicker in Nick Folk, who was a sixth-round choice two years ago. But they couldn't pass on Buehler (6-2,227), a workout warrior with a big leg. Look for Folk to continue to handle field goals with Buehler being used a kickoff special specialist.

04/15/2009 - He looks, runs and lifts like a linebacker but thrives at his true job on the field. Buehler converted 26 of 33 career field goal attempts, including six of 11 from 40 yards or longer. Of his 180 kickoffs, 69 were touchbacks. Because USC rarely had close games, he lacks experience with clutch kicks. His uncle, George Buehler, was a guard for the fabled 1970s Oakland Raiders teams. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

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