After a standout career at Allen High School, it appeared that Dan Buckner was set to become just the latest in a long line of young men from the state of Texas to continue their football careers by excelling for the Longhorns.
However, off-field incidents got Buckner kicked off the team in Austin, and after sitting a year, he found himself in Tucson, hoping to resurrect his playing career at the University of Arizona.
He was fairly successful in doing so, earning honorable mention All Pac-12 honors as a senior. As the 6'4", 215-pound Buckner waits to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL draft, here's a look at some of his highlights.
Given Dan Buckner's height, it's not surprising that the youngster would be adept at going up and getting the football.
That ability was evident as far back as Buckner's high school days, as shown in this game where Buckner goes over the defensive back to reel in a touchdown pass for Allen High School.
Back in 2009, the storm clouds had yet to gather around Buckner, who was still an up-and-coming wide receiver for the Texas Longhorns.
In a September win over Wyoming, he showed an ability to improvise that every quarterback can appreciate.
With Colt McCoy running for his life, Buckner made himself available, and after McCoy found him with the football, he found his way into the end zone.
In an early October loss to Oregon State in 2011, Buckner had his best game as a member of the Wildcats, hauling in eight passes for 144 yards and a score.
That game also showcased that while he may not have great speed, he's still capable of being a vertical threat.
In the first quarter, Buckner got behind the defense, looked the ball into the hands and got the Wildcats on the scoreboard.
As a senior, Buckner reeled in 61 catches for 773 yards, finding the end zone five times for the Wildcats.
The first of those scores came in a 56-0 drubbing of South Carolina State.
On the play, Buckner caught a quick pass over the middle, did an excellent job of keeping his balance and scampered into the end zone for six.
At 6'4", Buckner certainly possesses the size to make him a more than viable red-zone threat.
In a September loss to the Oregon State Beavers, he showed just what kind of red-zone threat he can be.
Buckner, who had six catches for a season-high 119 yards in that game, runs a fade route in this highlight. Given his size and the placement of the Matt Scott pass, there's nothing the defensive back can do.