2006 Scouting Report: Will be a highly valued performer for this year's offense with his effective combination of run blocking and pass catching...is one of the Panthers' most experienced players with 33 total games played headed into his senior year... has been an integral figure at tight end each of the last two seasons...that experience will be a welcomed commodity for a Pitt offense that will feature a significant number of first-year starters.
2005: Played in all 11 games, starting six...had 17 catches for 168 yards (9.9 avg.) with two TDs...compiled 39 yards on a career-high four catches versus Notre Dame...had two catches for 39 yards and an 18-yard TD at Rutgers...had two catches for 20 yards and a two-yard TD versus Connecticut.
2004: Played in all 12 games as the chief reserve at tight end...had seven receptions for 94 yards (13.4 avg.) and four TDs...ranked second on team (tied) with four TD catches...both of his catches at Notre Dame went for TDs (1 and 20 yards) to help Pitt upend the Irish...his one-yard TD catch converted a fourth-and-goal situation in the second quarter, giving Pitt a 14-7 lead...later in the period, his 20-yard TD gave the Panthers a 28-21 halftime lead...his career performance versus Furman helped the Panthers rally from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit...had three catches for a career-best 56 yards (18.7 avg.) against the Paladins, including TD catches of eight and 38 yards in the final 11:33 of regulation to force OT...also served as Pitt's long snapper for punts.
2003: Played in 10 games to letter in his first active season...caught two passes for 27 yards (13.5 avg.) on the year, both in the season opener against Kent State.
2002: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: The Associated Press Big School All-State Team (second team)... WPIAL's top receiving tight end as a senior at Pittsburgh Central Catholic...had 29 receptions for 655 yards (22.5 avg.) and seven touchdowns as a senior...had 26 receptions as a junior...21⁄2-year starter at tight end and also played defensive end...also a two-year starting long snapper...Central Catholic's team captain...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Class AAAA Quad East... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-WPIAL Class AAAA... led Central Catholic to an 11-2 record and WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up finish as a senior...team went 8-3 and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals his junior season...15th-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-Eastern Region...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic... earned three letters under Coach Art Walker, Jr.... also lettered three times in basketball.
Personal: Stephen James Buches, born 3/8/84, is the son of Jim and Laurie Buches...father played football for Notre Dame, while his uncle (Tim) played at Marshall... has two sisters...earned his degree in communication and rhetoric...is now pursuing majors in economics and administration of justice.
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