Buckner Sprinting to the Finish

Now that football is over and done with, BYU cornerback recruit Robbie Buckner is setting high school tracks on fire in the state of Arkansas. He helped lead his high school's track team to the state indoor track title this year while capturing two state records of his own.

When 5-foot-11, 175-pound Robbie Buckner first came to BYU for summer camp activities, BYU coaches were highly impressed with his athleticism and play making abilities during scrimmages. It did not take long for the coaches to offer the Arkansas athlete a full ride scholarship to play for the Cougars.

It was not long before BYU fans saw the genius behind the BYU coaches' decision to make such an offer to Ashdown High School's multi-sport athlete.

"We went 12-2 and lost in the state semi-finals, and I got all-state, all-area and all-district first team," Buckner said. "I had 992-yards rushing and I know I had over 1,000 all-purpose yards and everything. I didn't play as a full time running back and mostly played safety. I had six interceptions and 102 tackles. I was second on the team in tackles as a safety."

Buckner trained hard to improve on his speed and the results were evident in more than his play on the football field. Buckner also used his speed to help lead his high school track team to a state title as the anchor in the relay, which now holds the state record for the fastest time in Arkansas. He also holds the record as the states best long jumper.

"My fastest forty is a 4.37, but I usually average a 4.4 flat and my fastest shuttle is a 3.93," Buckner said. "I ran a 4.4 flat at the University of Arkansas camp and I ran a 4.37 when I was working out with my dad one day.

"I won the long jump and broke the state record. I jumped a 22-6 and I won the [400m] with a time of 50.9. I got third in the 200m (23.3 time) and my team won the mile relay and my track team won the whole [indoor state title]. I got MVP too."

What is most interesting about Buckner's achievements is that he was able to accomplish them without any practice facilities.

"The funny thing is, Ashdown High School does not even have a track to practice on," said proud mother Marne Buckner. "Robbie has not even long jumped since last year."

In regards to football, BYU coaches are possibly looking at the speedy Buckner to come in and help contribute as a true freshman.

"The way Coach Mendenhall has turned things around in a season where for three years BYU didn't go to a bowl game or anything, and for his first year as head coach to have BYU go to a bowl game, I really like that," Buckner said. "When I was up there for my official visit they told me that I was probably going to end up playing and that they weren't going to red shirt me. They said ‘probably' though so I'm not sure. I'll play corner because I'm not big enough to play safety."

Buckner said he will contribute if he is called upon by BYU coaches to do so for one year then leave to serve a full time mission.

"I'm going to serve a mission after my first year," Buckner said.

No matter how you slice it, Buckner is just one of the many future exciting prospects BYU fans can look forward to cheering for at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The results of his senior year should only solidify why BYU's coaches have a knack for evaluating future outstanding athletes.

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