Buchanan has busy summer planned

Incoming Cardinal defensive back Bobby Buchanan, who will graduate in a couple weeks, is preparing hard in hopes of earning playing time this fall.

Following a difficult recruiting process, which eventually led to the Louisville Cardinals getting a commitment over Illinois, Bobby Buchanan, has kept busy and is now preparing for his arrival this fall.

"I graduate in a couple weeks," Buchanan recently told ITV. "I can't wait. Right after graduation I'm going on a Carnival Cruise, then when I get back I will always be going somewhere."

Shortly after his return home from the cruise, Bobby will spend time in Atlanta with former Atlanta Falcon and now Oakland Raider Ray Buchanan, Bobby's older brother.

"Ray is going to work with me a lot," Buchanan continued. "He is going to put me through a lot of defensive back drills. Things like the flat ladder, one-on-one coverage, back peddling and strength training."

While having time to work with an NFL All-Pro may give him an advantage coming into fall camp, Bobby has already started working out and increasing his weight.

"I'm trying to put on ten more pounds, which would get me up to around 195," he explained. "I'm drinking a lot of protein shakes and follow each one with about eight glasses of water. I'm also doing a lot of strength and conditioning."

Part of his goal is to become strong enough to play both the cornerback and safety positions.

On signing day, Coach Bobby Petrino mentioned that Buchanan's quickness could become an asset with special teams.

"When we looked at Bobby when we first got here and when Coach Johnson went and saw him last spring, we saw that he was a guy with tremendous speed," said Petrino. "We are really going to work hard with him in being a punt returner...he's just so fast and explosive."

Buchanan heard the comments and realizes the opportunity to play early make also include returning punts.

"Coach Petrino said he wanted me to return punts, so I'm going to work hard on that this summer," said Buchanan, who returned two kicks for a touchdown as a senior.

The First Team All-State selection was in town for the Cardinals annual spring game and once again left impressed, but also left with the impression that he can compete for time in the secondary this fall.

"The team looked really good," explained Buchanan. "I could see myself competing with them and getting to play this year. I just want to come in and do anything I can to help the team win."

Buchanan intends to be in Louisville in July to move into Betty Johnson Hall and the remaining weeks prior to fall camp with family in Illinois, as well as at a family reunion in Tennessee.

"It's going to be a busy summer," Buchanan said. "I just wish it wasn't all planned out already."

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