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Tribal Warfare
02-26-2009, 04:08 PM
Former USC kicker David Buehler turns heads at NFL combine (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/02/former-usc-kick.html)
1:41 PM, February 25, 2009

Former USC kicker David Buehler, who seems like a linebacker and could have been a fullback or safety, wams up for football by playing volleyball with a soccer ball. Naturally. Usually, the only guy on a football field who can't kick anyone's tail is ... the kicker.

A former 49er kicker used to tell the story of how he was stopped by security, thinking he was a fan trying to sneak into the locker room. There have only been a handful -- Sebastian Janikowski and Jeff Reed come to mind -- that might be able to hold their own in a bar fight, much less take down a professional football player in full pads. Denver's Todd Sauerbrun tried to talk tough going into a game against Devon Hester and the Chicago Bears in 2007. Don't remember Sauerbrun? Exactly.

That could change for one team with the arrival of David Buehler. The former high school linebacker looks like he could still play the position -- but he prefers to bring home the bacon by kicking the pigskin.

At USC, Buehler (pronounced like "dealer," not Ferris Bueller) was known for a booming leg. He started his Trojan career as a backup in 2006 by connecting on a 49-yard field goal attempt. He spent the past two seasons on the first team.

But at 6-feet-2, 227 pounds, Buehler could have played somewhere else on the field. In fact, the Trojans experimented with him as a fullback and as a safety in practice. He wound up making five career tackles in kick coverage.

Kickers aren't required to lift at the NFL Combine, but Buehler did -- outperforming many linebackers, tight ends and even offensive linemen. He bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times in a row -- which would have made him the strongest cornerback, second-strongest wide receiver, third-strongest safety, fourth-strongest tight end, sixth-strongest running back and eighth-strongest linebacker at the weeklong event. He actually lifted more than a couple linemen who are projected as first-round picks.

His strong legs are also quick legs. Buehler ran a pair of unofficial 40-yard dashes in 4.56 and 4.63 seconds, easily ranking among the best tight ends, linebackers and broadcasters.

Impressive -- but what about, you know, his kicking? According to Sports Illustrated, Buehler "had the strongest kickoff leg as most of his kicks went 70+ yards deep into the opposite end zone. His problem came during the field goal portion of the session as Buehler missed on all three attempts from 50 yards."

NFL teams are always hesitant to draft kickers, but don't be surprised to see Buehler get picked up as a free agent. His cannon, um, leg might be enough of a reason, but his athletic versatility could help ensure that he makes it as a pro.

According to USCRipsIt.com, Buehler will be on Tony Bruno's national radio show tonight (Wednesday) at 7:45 p.m. (heard locally on AM 570 KLAC), and will appear on ESPN2's "First Take" at 7:50 a.m. Thursday. You can also read more about Buehler's NFL combine experience from his guest blogs on PeteCarroll.com.

-- Adam Rose

Pestilence
02-26-2009, 04:10 PM
Let's grab him in the 6th.

HC_Chief
02-26-2009, 04:12 PM
25 reps at 225 is impressive.

MGRS13
02-26-2009, 04:36 PM
25 reps at 225 is impressive.
It's almost as unimpressive as a kicker missing 3 from the 50 in a warm up type atmosphere.

88TG88
02-26-2009, 04:43 PM
It's because everyone at SC is super strong and super fast.

SNR
02-26-2009, 08:53 PM
Didn't Tynes beat up a bouncer once?

Mecca
02-26-2009, 08:56 PM
Buehler was recruited as a DB/Athlete...he's capable of doing alot more than just kicking the guy is actually awesome at covering his own kicks.

ArrowheadMagic
02-26-2009, 09:05 PM
Let's grab him in the 6th.

And miss out on a franchise QB?

OnTheWarpath58
02-26-2009, 09:15 PM
And miss out on a franchise QB?

LMAO

DaneMcCloud
02-27-2009, 01:55 AM
#3 overall!

We've found our man!

Crush
02-27-2009, 03:53 AM
#3 overall!

We've found our man!


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Rain Man
02-28-2009, 04:36 PM
Maybe he could be the league's first combination kicker and long snapper.

Thig Lyfe
02-28-2009, 05:44 PM
There's our fullback!