For Buchanan, a fifth-year senior who missed most of the 2011 season, the injury is even more painful. The 6'1 225 LB was once considered an NFL prospect, but a professional career in football may no longer be in the cards for him. The NCAA may consider allowing him a sixth year of eligibility, but that would entail another arduous rehabilitation process with no guarantee his knees would hold up.
With Buchanan out, the Hurricanes are likely to turn to either one of two juniors (Jimmy Gaines or Tyrone Cornileus) to fill his spot in the starting lineup. Against the Wildcats, Gaines had 3 total tackles while Cornileus racked up 7.