2002 (Junior): First Team All-Big 12 Selection by the Dallas Morning News... Second Team All-Big 12 choice by Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman and Kansas City Star... Received third team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches... Winner of Ken Ochs Courage Award... Started all 13 games at one outside linebacker spot... Finished the year T11th on K-State's single-season tackles list with 135 and second on the single-season unassisted tackles chart with 77... Team leader in tackles, solo and assisted (58)... One of only four Wildcats with a double-figure game in tackles... Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in a game in eight of the Wildcats' 13 contests... Recorded double-figure tackles in seven games... Led K-State with 17 tackles against Colorado, the most by a Wildcat during 2002... The first Wildcat since Monty Beisel (102 in 2000) to reach the 100-tackle mark in a season... His 135 stops were the most since Kirby Hocutt led the 'Cats with 135 in 1993... Had 10 or more tackles against Western Kentucky (8/31), Eastern Illinois (9/14), Colorado (10/5), Texas (10/19), Baylor (10/26) and Kansas (11/2)... Only Wildcat to register a double-digit unassisted tackle game (at Colorado, 10, and Baylor, 13)... Credited with a career-high 13 solo stops and a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss, including his lone sack of the year, in win at Baylor... Had five or more assisted tackles in eight of 13 games... Fourth on the team (second among linebackers) in tackles for loss with 10 (-36)... Had a pair of tackles for loss (-2) against Texas (10/19)... Recovered a team-high three fumbles... Picked up eight interception yards on a lateral in the Louisiana-Monroe game.
2001 (Sophomore): Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the coaches... Saw action in all 11 games with eight starts at linebacker... Tied for third on the team with 68 total tackles... Was also third with 53 solo stops... His tackle count was second among LBs (trailing Ben Leber's 73)... Ranked third in the Big 12 and tops on the defense with two fumble recoveries... Collected double-digit tackles in two games with 13 at Nebraska (11/10) and 10 vs. Missouri (11/24)... Twice led the team in tackles with eight at USC (9/8) and 10 vs. Missouri... Three times was named the K-State coaches' Defensive Player of the Game (Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri)... Credited with a game-high eight tackles in first career start against USC... Posted his first fumble recovery against New Mexico State (9/22) to go with five tackles... Against Colorado (10/6) had seven tackles, including five solo stops... Had seven solo tackles, including one TFL against Kansas... Solid all-around performance at Iowa State (11/3), picking up his first career sack to go with his second fumble recovery and one PBU... Had a season-high 13 total tackles at Nebraska, including a career-best 11 solo stops... Tallied 10 tackles in the season finale against Missouri, including nine solo tackles.
2000 (Reshirt Freshman): Appeared in 13 games... Finished season with 11 tackles as backup linebacker... Had 8 unassisted stops... Best game of season was 0-3-3 outing against Ball State... Had two solo tackles vs. Louisiana Tech and Missouri... Credited with one tackle for loss.
1999 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
Mesquite North HS: Co-Defensive Player of the Year among District 10-5A players... Semifinalist for the 5A Texas state defensive player of the year... USA Today honorable mention All-USA pick... Lettered three times and was a two-year starter... First team all-district and second team all-area as a junior... First team all-district, first team all-area and all-city pick as a senior... Superprep All-Southwest selection... Ranked as the No. 3 weakside linebacker in the Big 12 region, and one of the top 10 weakside linebackers in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor... First team All-Big 12 Region pick by PrepStar ... Totaled 156 tackles, including three games with at least 20 tackles, as a junior... Had 128 tackles as a senior... High school coach was Buster Leaf... Lettered in track three times.
Personal: Born May 4, 1981... Parents are Charles and Denise Upchurch... Cousin, Trone Smith, played with the Denver Broncos... Joined North HS teammates Corey White and Bryan Hickman in the K-State 1999 recruiting class.
Bowl Performances: Credited with one solo tackle in Wildcats' victory over Tennessee in the 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl... Started at outside linebacker in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl... Credited with nine tackles, including five solo stops vs. Syracuse... Also recorded two tackles for loss and blocked a pair of extra points vs. the Orangemen... Had 3-1-4 chart vs. Arizona State in 2002 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl... Credited with a game-high 13 solo stops in the 2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State.
Buhl Career Statistics - Defense
Career-highs - Tackles: 18, three times. last vs. Marshall (9/20/03); Solos: 13, three times. last vs. Ohio State (1/2/04); TFL: 4.5 at Baylor (10/26/02); Sacks: 1, three times. last vs. Missouri (11/22/03).