After displaying signs of improved performance late in the season, Buchanan is spending this spring wearing a yellow jersey as he recovers from off season shoulder surgery.
Following Sunday morning's scrimmage, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound corner visited InsideTheVille.com...
Explain why you're wearing a yellow jersey this spring.
"I had shoulder surgery on January 24 for an injury with to my right shoulder that I had before the bowl game, but still played with it, which made it a little worse. I had it taken care of in January so now I'm out here in a yellow jersey with no contact for spring ball."
What happened on the play during the bowl practice that caused the injury?
"I came up to a tackle block on Elijah Daniel and our arms got caught together. When he pulled off I tore my labrum in my right shoulder and I knew exactly what it was because I've had my left shoulder messed up before. It wasn't anything too bad and I could play with the play, so I did and had it taken care of after the bowl."
Did you put the surgery off so you could play in the Gator Bowl?
"I wasn't going to miss it. I am not going to miss a game for an injury that I can't play through. If the pain is tolerable I am going to play with it."
Even though you are out of contact for the spring, you are still getting a lot reps in. What do see that you are getting out of spring ball?
"I can get skelly, I can get mental reps while they are in team and I'm still going to the meetings and learning the new package that we are going through. I can still stay mentally prepared so I'm not getting behind and I'm getting some one-on-one work with the receivers, so I'm not missing out on to much."
What is your early impression of the secondary?
"We don't have too many new people that have joined us, so everybody has really been here before and everybody knows what they are doing. We feel real good as a unit right now."
Do you sense a different level of confidence with all the returning experience?
"Oh yeah. The corners are definitely playing with confidence and our safties will definitely be playing with confidence."
When can people expect to see you back at full strength again?
"By this summer camp. I'll be out of the yellow jersey and back out there doing my thing."