CAREER: He has hit 17-of-20 field goals, including 4-of-6 of 40 yards or longer, in his career, as well as 52-of-54 PATs. Some 41 of his 92 career kickoffs have pinned opponents within the 20-yard line, with 21 touchbacks.
2008: The strong-legged Buehler returns as USC's placekicker as a senior in 2008 and could be among the best kickers in the nation.
2007: Buehler inherited USC's placekicking duties as a junior in 2007 and did a solid job. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he hit 16-of-19 field goals and 52-of-54 PATs, plus he made 3 tackles. Some 35 of his 84 kickoffs in 2007 pinned opponents within the 20-yard line, with 18 touchbacks. He was a 2007 Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick.
He hit all 5 of his PATs and a 36-yard field goal against Idaho, plus 6 of his 7 kickoffs pinned the Vandals within the 20 (including 4 touchbacks). He hit all 7 of his PATs at Nebraska. Against Washington State, he hit 2 field goals (23 and 29 yards), was 5-of-6 on PATs, pinned the Cougars within the 20 on 4 of his 9 kickoffs and even ran down and tackled a WSU kick returner who had broken free at midfield to save a touchdown. He hit 2 of his 3 field goal attempts (a 22-yarder and a 33-yarder with 3:01 to play that proved to be the decisive points) and all 3 of his PATs at Washington. Against Stanford, he hit a 34-yard field goal, 2-of-3 PATs and pinned the Cardinal within the 20 on 3 of his 5 kickoffs (with 2 touchbacks). He hit a pair of field goals (27 and 23 yards) and PATs against Arizona and 3 of his 5 kickoffs pinned the Wildcats within the 20 (with a touchback). He hit a 30-yard field goal and all 5 of his PATs at Notre Dame and 4 of his 7 kickoffs pinned the Irish within the 20 (with 2 touchbacks). He hit a 30-yard field goal and both PATs at Oregon and 1 of his 4 kickoffs pinned the Ducks within the 20. He made a 47-yard field goal (he also missed a 48-yarder) and all 3 of his PATS against Oregon State and 1 of his 5 kickoffs pinned the Beavers within the 20 (he also had a tackle). He hit a 28-yard field goal and all 3 of his PATs at California (1 of his 5 kickoffs pinned the Bears within the 20). He made all 3 of his field goals (42, 20 and 37 yards) and all 5 of his PATs at Arizona State and had touchbacks on 3 of his 9 kickoffs. He made all 3 of his PATs and 1 of 2 field goals (a 46-yarder) against UCLA. He hit all 7 of his PATs, while 5 of his 8 kickoffs were touchbacks against Illinois.
2006: Buehler, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2006 from a junior college, was a backup placekicker specializing in kickoffs and played on special teams, but also worked at fullback and safety (he did not see action at those spots). He appeared in 11 games in 2006 (all but Arkansas and Nebraska), mainly on special teams. He hit his only field goal attempt (49 yards against California, the longest by a Trojan since Adam Abrams had a 49-yarder at Oregon in 1998) and also kicked off in 2 games (once at Stanford and the entire Michigan game). Of his 8 kickoffs, 6 pinned opponents within the 20-yard line (with 3 touchbacks).
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He made the 2005 All-Mission Conference National Division first team as a freshman placekicker, linebacker and running back at Santa Ana (Calif.) Junior College. He had 25 touchbacks on his 58 kickoffs in 2005, plus recorded 24 tackles and 1 interception on defense and rushed for 50 yards on 9 carries (5.6 avg.) with 5 touchdowns (he also caught a TD pass) on offense.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made the 2004 All-Century League team as a senior at Canyon High in Anaheim (Calif.). He also was on Canyon's volleyball, golf and track teams.
PERSONAL: He's a public policy, management and planning major at USC with a B- average (2.76 GPA). His father, John, was a 3-year letterman (1969-71) on USC's track team as a shot putter. His uncle, George Buehler, lettered in football at Stanford for 3 years (1966-68) and then played guard with the Oakland Raiders (1969-78) and Cleveland Browns (1978-79). Another uncle, Charles, lettered in football at Stanford for 3 years (1960-62).
WHAT OTHERS SAY: USC head coach Pete Carroll: "David gets great height on the ball and is very consistent. There's no question about his leg strength. He's a really good kicker."