Deionte Buckley Biography:
2013 (at Cincinnati): Sat out the season as a redshirt.
2012 (at Cincinnati): Recorded second solo tackle on the opening kickoff vs. Syracuse (11/03), resulting in a fumble ... had two tackles at Louisville (10/26) ... first saw action vs. Miami (OH) (10/06) ... earned 32 yards on four carries.
High School: Enrolled in school in January of 2012 and will play during the spring ... a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 5 player in Indiana and the No. 31 running back nationally ... an Associated Press First-Team Class 5A All-State selection at running back and a First-Team All-Marion County selection ... earned a spot on the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top-50 All-State Team ... carried the ball 214 times for 1,610 yards, a 7.5 yards per carry average and 27 touchdowns ... rushed for a season-high 235 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns against Center Grove (Oct. 14) ... had nine games rushing for 100 or more yards and six games of 150-yards rushing or more ... tallied five touchdowns, rushing for 194 yards in a first round playoff game against Arsenal Tech (Oct. 28) ... Warriors were 11-1 in 2011, winning the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference and earning a No. 7 National ranking
Personal: Son of Pam and John Buckley ... born Aug. 1, 1993 in Indianapolis, Ind. ... has five siblings ... intends to major in criminal justice.
Getting To Know Deionte Buckley:
1. What made you choose ISU?
There's a lot of reasons why I chose ISU. One reason was because coming from Cincy I was looking for a place where they would appreciate me and genuinely care about me as a player and as a man, ISU showed me that. Also I chose ISU because I saw Shakir having a lot of success at running back and I wanted to add on to where he left off.
2. How influential was Coach Everett in your decision to come to ISU?
Coach E was very influential in me coming here because of how much he reminded me of my high school RB coach. From the first time I talked to him he was a real caring guy that seen my potential and wanted me in his back field. I liked the way he went about coaching his RBs and I also like how he was a man of God.
3. What leadership qualities will you bring with you to ISU?
I will bring a championship mentality to ISU. All my life I've really played a leadership role on my football teams and I feel like I will bring a lead by example type of leadership. I feel like once my teammates see not only do I talk the talk but also walk the walk on the field I can be that somebody they look to and know I'm ready for war every time I step on that field.
4. What do you plan to major in?
I plan to major in criminal justice.
5. What are your career plans after football?
My career plans after football is to invest into girls and boys clubs and different community programs to help young kids understand the importance in school and living right through God.
6. What about Coach Sanford and the rest of the coaching staff attracted you to this program?
What I liked about Coach Sanford was that he was a laid back type of guy when I first met him. Also he was well established he's been at many other programs. The rest of the coaching staff seemed to be cool as well.
7. What about the program as a whole are you most excited about?
What I'm most excited about the program is where we're headed. I feel like the program will go up from here and will start progressing in everything we do.
8. How will your skill set impact this team?
I feel like my skill set will bring big play ability to the team also it will bring a reliable back that you can give the ball to every down and know I will pick up 5 every time.
9. What excited you the most about playing in the Missouri Valley Conference?
What excited me the most about Missouri valley conference was that it was the best conference in FCS and we will play great talent every game.
10. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My whole family is influential to my life it's not just one person. No matter what they are always behind me 100 percent and they bring me through the hard times and the good times. They’re my biggest fans!
11. What athlete do you look up to the most and why?
I look up to ray Lewis a lot because of what he preaches and the way he approaches every day like it’s his last.
12. If you had to compare your playing style to one NFL player who would it be and why?
I would compare my playing style to Mark Ingram or Ray Rice because I'm a hard physical runner who can catch the ball out the backfield and also have great vision. They’re my height as well.
13. If you were marooned on a deserted island and were only allowed to bring three items what would they be?
I would bring my phone my football and plenty of food.
14. What’s one place in the world you have to see in your lifetime?
I have to see Paris or China.
15. Favorite non-football hobby?
Spending time with family and friends
16. Favorite meal?
Steak and potatoes.
17. Favorite restaurant?
SAVE THE DATE: The Indiana State Football Golf Outing Fundraiser Is Scheduled For April 26, 2014. We look forward to having you this year!