Deone Bucannon's WSU playing career may be behind him, but he will still don the Crimson and Gray one final time. At least in helmet form. Bucannon will play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, which means he's partaking in the week of practices that lead up to the game. The Senior Bowl is essentially a week-long job interview with NFL coaches and and scouts. Bucannon got things off to a good start.
Monday started with weigh-ins aka the underwear Olympics. Basically, players strip down to underwear, get on a scale to get weighed and measured while 100s of people anxiously look on. Having watched Bucannon's biceps grow like the Grinch's heart on Christmas morning, it shouldn't be a surprise that Bucannon impressed.
Pretty sure Deone Bucannon (S, Wash St.) was flexing while being measured. His muscles have muscles.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 20, 2014
Deone Bucannon 6007 216 and JACKED— Thomas Melton (@TMeltonScouting) January 20, 2014
I would give the award of "most uncomfortable in the underwear" to Deone Bucannon. Was pulling on the front of his shorts the whole time.— Darren Page (@DarrenPage15) January 20, 2014
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State: At a shade under 6-feet-1 and 216 pounds, Bucannon certainly passed the eyeball test, sporting a muscled-up frame that stood out in comparison to the other safeties in this game. With a 78-inch wingspan, Bucannon also had the widest of any of the safeties measured.
An interesting takeaway here. On WSU's roster Bucannon was listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. That's just a few fractions of an inch and a pound off, adding some credibility to the measurables on WSU's roster. Some teams like to fudge those numbers a bit, the Cougars apparently do not.
There was also a practice on Monday and once again Bucannon represented himself well.
Top performers for the North practice : WR Josh Huff Oregon QB Logan Thomas VA Tech S Deone Bucannon Wash St CB Pierre Desir— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_BSN) January 20, 2014
Deone Bucannon told me that he came here to show that he can man up with the TEs. He one upped himself and did so vs Wrs— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_BSN) January 21, 2014
When the Senior Bowl invitation came, Bucannon said he was excited to represent himself, his family and Washington State.
"That was true honor," Bucannon said. "That's something you dream about as a kid and it's all just kind of hitting me. I just want to get out there and represent Washington State the best I possibly can, and represent my family the best I possibly can, and just do what I can and control what I can control."
He's certainly doing just that.
Keep giving them hell, Deone. We're all rooting for you.