The Arizona Wildcats made a key mid-season acquisition today, when University of Texas wide receiver Dan Buckner announced he was transferring to the school.
Buckner, a 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound sophomore, has enrolled at the UA as a pre-education major. He was released from his scholarship last week at Texas after he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing and resisting arrest.
Buckner must sit out the 2010 season due to NCAA rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2011.
"Dan's a proven player who will help us, and we're glad to bring him into the program," UA coach Mike Stoops said. "His championship experience is something we can count on."
Buckner, 19, caught 45 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns for the Longhorns in 2009.
According to police reports, Buckner was visiting a female acquaintance in College Station, Texas, when a dispute broke out. Officers arrived on the scene, but couldn’t get him to leave. He was booked in the Brazos County Jail, and released the next day after posting $8,000 bond.
Buckner played at Allen (Texas) High School, the same program as incoming quarterback Matt Brown.
Buckner is one of three mid-year transfers to sign with the UA. Linebackers Derek Earls and Paul Vassallo started classes last week after receiving their associates’ degrees; both are expected to play, and possibly start, this fall.