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2015 NFL DRAFT

Luke Kuechly, ILB

School: Boston College  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 242 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
911
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/9 -- Luke Kuechly, LB, 6-3, 242, Boston College...A smart and steady linebacker who could play any of the three spots the Panthers use. Likely plays the middle in the long run, though he's fast enough to play the weak side without sacrificing anything. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - After sticking to a best-player-available model early, the Panthers filled some needs on the third day of the draft with players best described as solid. Adding linebacker Luke Kuechly lends an immediate stability to a side of the ball that was a mess last year. He's a mature tackler and cover man, who will help mask some deficiencies up front. If he's a high-floor player, guard Amini Silatolu is high-ceiling. He's on the raw side coming from Division II Midwestern State, but his explosiveness caught their eye on tape. Beyond those two, the Panthers checked off a number of boxes, adding competition to spots that sorely needed it. They've done a solid job drafting in recent years by not getting married to need, and picks such as Kuechly are reminiscent of earlier best player available choices such as center Ryan Kalil. Being willing to go that route has provided them value in the past. BEST PICK: Linebacker Luke Kuechly: Impressed coaches with his movement and intelligence, and looks like the kind of player you can build a defense around. One of the NCAA's most productive players on a bad college defense, he has a gravity the Panthers need. Along with Jon Beason, gives them a potentially dominant pair of linebackers. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The Carolina Panthers were thinking about trading down. At least until Luke Kuechly was on the board. The Panthers took the Boston College linebacker with the ninth overall pick, bypassing more glaring needs at other positions. "He was a guy that we knew, if he was there, he was the option," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. "He's a smart, instinctive, explosive football player. He's a sideline-to-sideline tackler. He just has great football intelligence." The Panthers think the 6-foot-3, 242-pound Kuechly can play all three linebacker spots, and there may be a need at two of them. With weakside linebacker Thomas Davis coming off his third torn ACL, and middle linebacker Jon Beason recovering from a torn Achilles, the Panthers are hopeful but not certain about their health. Now, after drafting the NCAA's leading tackler the last two years -- who set a record with double-digit tackles in 33 straight games -- the Panthers have cover if not more. "He's one of those guys who makes the guys around him better," head coach Ron Rivera said. Davis could be the first odd man out, though the Panthers could take advantage of his speed (if well) as a situational player. He took a huge pay cut to stay this offseason, and his medical file makes his situation tenuous. Beason and strongside linebacker James Anderson also signed big extensions during the 2011 quick-strike offseason. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The most likely scenario might be Beason sliding to the weakside, with Kuechly playing the middle. Unless Davis proves to be trustworthy, they'd be the two in sub packages, as Anderson is not great in coverage. Beason has gone along with but quietly resisted moves outside in the past. He sees himself as a true middle linebacker, and before the Achilles tear, his speed made him excellent in coverage. The draft slot is Kuechly's second honor in Charlotte, as he won the Bronko Nagurski Award in December. The Panthers will now hope to fill some pass-rush and cornerback needs in the second day of the draft. They have the 40th overall pick in the second round, but lack a third-rounder after last year's trade for tight end Greg Olsen. That's why they were thinking about trading back, but Hurney said once it became clear they'd have a chance at Kuechly, they didn't think about it again. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 9. Carolina Panthers: LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College -- A tackle machine, Kuechly and outside linebacker Jon Beason should stabilize the Panthers' run defense and both can cover downfield. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 9. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College*: Like Luck, it is easy to get caught up in the intangibles that Kuechly brings to the position but at the Combine he proved much faster and more explosive than most scouts had given him credit for. He finished second in the entire country in tackles as a true freshman in 2009 and led the nation in stops (both solo and total tackles) each of the past two seasons. Kuechly isn't flashy but he's a remarkably safe prospect who will operate as the quarterback of a defense for a decade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - Kuechly took pre-draft visits to the Panthers, Bills, Bengals, and Titans. Those aren't an indicator of interest. Especially with juniors such as Kuechly, teams have incomplete information and need to fill that out on a prospect, especially medically. Sitting down with a team only would endear Kuechly to a general manager. One from the NFC said Kuechly came off so well "you want him to marry your daughter.'' While Kuechly seems a natural at 4-3 middle linebacker, teams believe the Cincinnati native could fill any role. "He could play all three [linebacker positions] for us,'' said Bills general manager Buddy Nix. Among the teams picking highly in the draft, the Buccaneers (fifth), Bills (10th), Chiefs (11th), Seahawks (12th), Cardinals (13th), Eagles (15th), and Bengals (17th) all could use Kuechly's ability and he fits their schemes. Whenever his name is called, don't expect to see Kuechly at Radio City Music Hall shaking hands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Kuechly turned down a request to attend the draft, and instead will be watching from his parents' house in Cincinnati. And the next phase will begin. "It's going to be a challenge,'' Kuechly said. "Kind of at the bottom again, like my freshman year. It's one of those things where you just kind of have to take in everything. You have to work your way back up. I just try to go out there and have fun and just get to the ball. That's kind of my goal: just get to the ball and make something happen.'' - Greg A. Bedard, The Boston Globe

04/07/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT 1ST ROUND WILD CARDS: Considering Kuechly's incredible consistency - he's either led the country or finished second in solo and total tackles in each of his three collegiate seasons -- he might seem an unlikely player to mention as a wild card. Despite his consistency and the fact that he proved significantly more athletic during Combine testing that expected, Kuechly's position could lead to a surprise drop on draft day. Many, including myself and NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler, are projecting Kuechly to be drafted inside of the top 12 picks. The Kansas City Chiefs (No. 11) and Seattle Seahawks (No. 12) are especially popular landing spots for Kuechly in early mock drafts. The reality is, however, that inside linebackers have lessened in value as NFL offenses increasingly turn to the passing game. Should Kuechly "slip" past Kansas City and Seattle, there are very few teams with obvious needs at inside linebacker. One veteran NFL scout, in fact, cautioned that should Kuechly slip outside of the top 12 picks, his slide might not end until the Giants pick at No. 32. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - After a successful performance at the NFL Combine last month in Indianapolis, where he ran 4.58 in the 40-yard dash, Kuechly chose not to repeat any speed drills yesterday. Instead, he participated in position drills. "I thought it went pretty well," he said after the workout. "We had about four guys in a group so they kinda had us working a bit. I felt pretty smooth. A lot of the stuff I had done before, so it wasn't anything too new." One of the teams Kuechly's name has been linked to in draft conversations has been the Philadelphia Eagles, who have the 15th overall pick. Linebackers coach Mike Caldwell was in attendance, and even led Kuechly and the linebackers through a number of drills. "He gave me a call and said he was coming up," Kuechly said. "He took us through the workouts out there and that stuff went smoothly. I talked to him a little bit afterwards. "He said, ???Great job, you looked smooth. If you have any questions give me a call.' So we'll see what happens with that. It was a brief thing, just in and out quick." Kuechly has not yet worked out for any teams on an individual basis, but that's typically something that starts after a player's Pro Day. He is, however, starting to line up some visits. He will travel to the Carolina Panthers today, and then will be in his hometown of Cincinnati on Saturday. - Diana C. Nearhos, The Metro West Daily News

03/22/2012 - Boston College Pro Day: Scouts and coaches representing 27 NFL teams traveled to the Boston College Pro Day Wednesday to see a staggering 32 prospects show off their athleticism. Of the 32 players working out, only eight were from Boston College. The others came from Harvard, Holy Cross and Massachusetts. The most highly regarded of the bunch -- All-American inside linebacker Luke Kuechly -- not surprisingly stood on his stellar Combine performance. Kuechly, the reigning Butkus,Rotary Lombardi, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, answered any concerns about his athleticism once he was clocked at 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Kuechly did, however, participate in positional drills as he's been focusing on man coverage techniques since returning to IMG in Florida to continue working out in preparation for his Pro Day and his NFL future. As Kuechly told Jeff Howe of NESN.com following the workout, "I haven't done a whole lot of man coverage, so I can't tell people I'm off the charts with it," Kuechly said. "It's a lot of technique work. We worked on it a little bit down in Florida, just kind of different techniques, but I think it's a lot of technique work and something I've just got to pick up on the fly." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - The run to the draft for former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly took another step Wednesday as he put together an impressive performance at the school's pro day in front of scouts. "A lot of stuff I had done before, so it wasn't anything too new,'' Kuechly said. "I think overall it went pretty smoothly.'' Kuechly stood on all of the numbers he posted at last month's Scouting Combine in Indianapolis - including 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical jump - but ran through the positional drills. The way Kuechly dropped in pass coverage was of high interest to NFL scouts because BC mostly uses zone drops. "I haven't done a whole lot of man coverage so I can't tell people I'm off the charts with it,'' said Kuechly, who weighed in at 243 pounds. "It's one of those things where I think it's a lot of technique work - we worked on it a little down in Florida, just different techniques - but I think it's something I just have to just pick up on the fly.'' Kuechly has been training at the IMG Academy in Sarasota, Fla., and the work paid off. "He had a great workout,'' said an AFC college scout. "He was fluid, showed terrific burst and acceleration. He was very, very impressive.'' Kuechly is expected to go in the first round. The Philadelphia Eagles, who pick 15th, were in desperate need of a middle linebacker until they traded for DeMeco Ryans of the Texans Tuesday. - Greg A. Bedard, Boston Globe

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Inside linebackers: *Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College, 6-3, 242, 1...Kuechly looks like Clark Kent, plays like Superman. At the scouting combine, Kuechly (pronounced Kee-lee) quieted anybody who portrayed him as a diligent overachiever. He validated his insanely prolific college performances with a dazzling unofficial 40-yard time of 4.58 seconds and a vertical jump of 38 inches. That should change notions that he projects as a two-down linebacker who would come out on passing downs, which is an antiquated notion in reality since all downs are passing downs in today's NFL. Kuechly looks like a modern three-down linebacker, which shouldn't be surprising to scouts who actually checked out that he played DB in high school and looked excellent in underneath zone coverage in college. His production in college was off the charts, with 532 career tackles in just three seasons - 10 shy of the NCAA career record held by Tim McGarigle. That included 299 solo - an average of 14 total/7.9 solo in his 37-game stay at BC. Like the linebacker himself, Kuechly's ascent was relentless. He was ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009; All-American and semifinalist for the Dick Butkus Award as the nation's top college linebacker in 2010; and consensus All-American last season when Butkus himself showed up to meet Kuechly and present the prized award. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE RISERS: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College: Scouts chalked up Kuechly's staggering NCAA-record tackle numbers to instincts and reliable open-field tackling ability. But in posting a blistering 4.58-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical, the 2011 Butkus Award winner proved he's a first-round caliber athlete who has the potential to be a three-down player capable of holding his own against athletic tight ends in coverage. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/27/2012 - Tackling machine. Great instincts. Field general. Luke Kuechly already had all the buzz words typically attributed to the top inside linebacker prospect in every draft. But few people touted his athleticism - until Monday, when the former Boston College standout ran a blistering 4.50 unofficial 40, which would tie Robert McCune for the top time since 2000 by an inside linebacker. (40-yard dash results). He also led the inside linebackers with a 38-inch vertical jump. The "official" 40 time will likely be adjusted down a bit, but that won't affect the bottom line. With that type of speed, and noted instincts in coverage, Kuechly has shown the ability to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL who can hold his own in coverage against running backs and the growing list of freakishly athletic tight ends. That's exactly while Kuechly is a virtual lock for the first round despite playing at a position that has lot a lot of draft value in recent years. A source told NFLDraftScout.com last week that Kuechly, who posted 532 tackles in just three college seasons, might be the "safest" player in this draft. Alabama's Dont'a Hightower enjoyed a strong workout himself, posting a pair of unofficial 4.62 40 times at 265 pounds. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 19. *Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College, 6-2, 237, 1...His name is pronounced "Keek-lee" and it is called more often on play-by-play than his measureable athletic ability would seem to warrant. To be exact, his name was called on 532 tackles, an NCAA career record, including 299 solo, or an average of 14 total/7.9 solo in his 37-game stay at BC. Like the linebacker himself, Kuechly's ascent was relentless as he was ACC Freshman of the year in 2009; All-American and semi-finalist for the Dick Butkus Award as the nation's top college linebacker in 2010; and consensus All-American last season when Butkus himself showed up to meet Kuechly and present the prized award. Kuechly won't dazzle scouts with agility drills, timed sprints or anything else that goes on a spreadsheet. But give him a job on the field and he will get it done, including long snapping. His range is limited in pass coverage, but he is alert, actually played DB in high school, and cannot be ignored on underneath patterns. Long-time fans will recognize him as the latest, maybe greatest, version of productive tackling machines whose history stretches from Tennessee's Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds in the 1970s-80s (49ers, Rams) to Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, (second round, Rams, 2009). - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - The Eagles will be taking a good hard look at the top defensive tackles at the combine, as well as the linebackers and safeties. While Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly would appear to be an ideal fit for the Eagles and could be available when they select at 15, they haven't drafted a linebacker in the first round of the draft since 1979 when they selected Jerry Robinson out of UCLA. With it still uncertain whether they will retain Cullen Jenkins, who had 5.5 sacks, but is due a $7.5 million roster bonus, they may look for an interior lineman. This is a strong draft for defensive tackles. As many as five or six could go in the first round. - The Sports Xchange

02/20/2012 - The unfortunate reality about the Scouting Combine is that too many of the elite prospects choose not to work out in Indianapolis but instead wait until their Pro Day. Boston College's Luke Kuechly - the consensus top rated inside linebacker in the 2012 draft and reigning Butkus, Nagurski, Lombardi and LOTT Impact Trophy award winner - told me that he certainly won't be passing up on the opportunity to compete. "Yes, I'll be doing everything at the Combine. I'm looking forward to it," Kuechy told me in a phone interview this week. Kuechly has been hard at work at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida preparing for the work out since shortly after his January 6 announcement that he'd be bypassing his senior season and heading to the NFL. Kuechly is one of 33 NFL hopefuls training in Bradenton. With him are several other potential first round prospects, including Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, Wisconsin offensive lineman Peter Konz and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Kuechly elected to attend IMG partially due to recommendations from two former BC standouts who trained there last year - offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (the Indianapolis Colts' first round pick last April) and outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (New York Giants). The Boston College product told me that he's primarily been working on speed and explosiveness drills in preparation for the Combine and is currently measuring in at 6-3 and 240 pounds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/13/2012 - "The last time I ran a 40 was my junior year in high school," Kuechly said. "I don't even remember what my time was." The training session focuses on proper form and technique with speed and movement coach Loren Seagrave, who has worked with football players and Olympians over the years. Kuechly is not ready to disclose his target time just yet. Last year, Illinois' Martez Wilson, a third-round pick by the Saints, ran the fastest time among linebackers, clocking in at 4.49 seconds. "We're going to go through the second round of testing, so we'll see where it puts me," Kuechly said. "I'll get a baseline, see where I'm at and just try to improve." The rest of the morning is spent on plyometrics, footwork drills and football-specific drills. Other tests in Indianapolis include the three-cone drill and the shuttle run. "You've got to make sure that every step you take is the right step, that the steps are perfect," Kuechly said. "Put your body in position to be explosive. You can't be slow getting the steps down." Essentially, Kuechly runs through a mini-combine on a daily basis. And he's not alone. While there are currently 30 prospects training at IMG Academies, there are 300-plus training around the country. - Sheil Kapadia, The Philadelphia Inquirer

02/13/2012 - Once a glamour position in the league, the middle linebacker spot for a 4-3 team has been somewhat devalued of late. In the past five seasons, Rolando McClain (Oakland, 2010) and Jon Beason (Carolina, 2007) have pretty much been the only pure 4-3 'backers chosen in the first round. A third name could be added to the list this year in Boston College's Luke Kuechly. Among scouts, the jury is still out on whether Kuechly projects better to 4-3 middle linebacker or inside linebacker in a 3-4, and the assessments between the two are fairly split. There have been some comparisons to current NFL players at both positions. One component on which scouts agree, though, is that Kuechly's extraordinary football instincts will make him a standout at either spot. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/09/2012 - Boston College All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly announced Friday evening he will forgo his senior season and enter the upcoming National Football League draft. "It's tough to end one thing and start another," Kuechly said. "It was a really tough decision. The biggest thing for me was talking to my family." The 6-foot-3, 237-pound Kuechly led the nation in total tackles with 191 and solo tackles with 102 and was the only unanimous selection to the all-ACC first-team defense this season. In December, he was honored with the Butkus Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, becoming the most decorated defensive player in BC football history. He also became BC's first two-time consensus All-America selection. - Boston College football

01/06/2012 - Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, a two-time All-America selection who led the nation in tackles in 2011, has decided to enter the NFL draft. Kuechly announced the decision in a conference call with reporters Friday night. Kuechly is a 6-foot-3, 237-pound linebacker who had 191 tackles this season and was honored with the Butkus Award, the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Lombardi Award. - AP Sports

12/12/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI AWARD WINNER: Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly won the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation's top college defensive player. Kuechly received the award at a banquet Monday night. The other finalists were LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne, Alabama defensive back Mark Barron, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. The 6-foot-3, 237-pound Kuechly led the nation in total tackles with 191 and solo tackles with 102 and was the only unanimous selection to the all-ACC first-team defense this season. He was All-American last year as a sophomore and was a finalist for the Nagurski Award but was beat out by Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers. In just three seasons, Kuechly became Boston College's all-time leading tackler. Kuechly joins some elite company in winning the award. Among the other former Nagurski award winners are Brian Orakpo, Ndamukong Suh, Derrick Johnson, Terrell Suggs, Roy Williams, Dan Morgan, Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey. "It's an honor," Kuechly said. "If you look at the past winners and their banners hanging up here - Ndamukong Suh and Charles Woodson, guys like that - just to be put with those names is an honor." - Boston College football

12/12/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Boston College Linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the 2011 winner of the Lott IMPACT Trophy at the annual awards banquet here Sunday night. The 6-3, 237-pound junior from Cincinnati led the nation in tackles each of the past two seasons and this year was named the winner of the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country and the Lombardi Award as the top lineman/linebacker. He has recorded a school and ACC record 532 tackles in just three seasons. The other finalists for the award were Emmanuel Acho of Texas, Dont'a Hightower of Alabama and Manti Te'o of Notre Dame. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The Lott Trophy is the only college football award where character counts. The student-athlete must be making an IMPACT on the field as well as off the field in such areas as academics, community and leadership. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Boston College will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund in recognition of Kuechly's achievement. Each of the runnerups schools received $5,000. In addition to his prodigious skills on the field, Kuechly is an honor student at Boston College, an officer on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the second straight year and a participant in the HEAR (Help Educate through Athletic Responsibility) Program, which involves him visiting local schools and sharing experiences as student-athletes. - Boston College football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WINNER: Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly has won the Lombardi Award as the nation's top collegiate lineman. Kuechly, who leads the nation with 191 tackles this season, beat out Alabama linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont'a Hightower and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin for the award Wednesday night. Kuechly has a school- and Atlantic Coast Conference-record 532 career tackles. He is the first recipient from Boston College and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker Sunday. Kuechly has had 10 or more tackles in 33 of his 37 career games. He had 191 tackles this season and 183 last year, the top two single-season totals in ACC history. - Boston College football

11/25/2011 - Luke Kuechly ran an interception back for a touchdown and became Boston College's all-time tackles leader, and the Eagles picked Jacory Harris off four times in his final college game en route to beating Miami 24-17 on Friday. For Miami, the biggest news wasn't the outcome in the season finale for both teams. It announced during the fourth quarter that coach Al Golden has agreed to a four-year extension through Feb. 1, 2020. Chase Rettig threw two touchdown passes to Chris Pantale for Boston College (4-8, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). Kuechly also topped his single-season ACC record for tackles, passing the mark of 183 he set last year. Lamar Miller had a 79-yard touchdown run for Miami (6-6, 3-5), the longest carry by a Hurricane since 2000. Kuechly is widely considered to be a first-round lock if he decides to leave school early for the NFL draft, and he added to his impressive resume Friday. He became Boston College's all-time tackle leader in the first half with the 525th stop of his career. Kuechly's 45-yard interception return with 14:48 remaining-he read Harris perfectly, jumping in front of the pass and sprinting down the right sideline to the end zone-essentially wrapped up the win for the Eagles. Harris had thrown five interceptions all season entering the day. He matched a career-worst with the four on Friday, hardly the way the Miami Northwestern product wanted to see his career end. - AP Sports

11/25/2011 - Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly keeps adding to his impressive resume. With his second tackle against Miami on Friday, Kuechly topped the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record he set in 2010. It also was the 525th of his college career, now the most in Boston College history, passing Stephen Boyd's 524 stops from 1991-94. Kuechly came into Friday with a nation-leading 182 tackles this season. He's had 10 or more tackles in 33 straight games and is under consideration for several national defensive awards. Kuechly says he has not decided whether to return for his senior season or enter the NFL draft, where he would likely be a first-round selection. - AP Sports

11/14/2011 - WEEK 11 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, Jr., LB, 6-3, 237, Cincinnati, Ohio Kuechly recorded a game-high 18 tackles, including nine during a 13-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as Boston College held for a 14-10 win over NC State. He missed a few plays after suffering a bruised right elbow early in the third quarter. Kuechly extended his nation-best streak to 32 games with double-digit tackles, and in the third quarter became the fifth player in ACC history to reach 500 tackles in his career. - ACC football

11/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Luke Kuechly remained on pace to break the NCAA record for tackles in a season. He has 130 for an average of 16.5 per game. The NCAA mark is 193, set by Texas Tech's Lawrence Flugence in 1992, and Kuechly is on pace for 195. He is also well on his way to breaking the NCAA's all-time tackling record. The junior, who had his 30th straight double-digit tackling game and added an interception at Maryland, has 471 career tackles. The record is 545, set by Northwestern's Tim McGunigle from 2002-05. He also leads the country in solo stops per game, at 8.5, but is second in total solo tackles, with 68. - The Sports Xchange

11/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Florida State at Boston College, Nov. 3 BC's first ACC game was a Thursday night home affair against Florida State and six years later the teams meet against on a Thursday night in Chestnut Hill. The weather is supposed to be more seasonal than it was this past weekend; and that's probably not a good thing for BC, which would probably benefit from cold weather against the visitors from Florida. The Eagles won two years ago at home, but are two-touchdown favorites not to do it again, thus getting knocked out of the bowl picture while FSU becomes bowl eligible. KEYS TO THE GAME: Last week, the Eagles were able to run, run and run some more in the slop at Maryland and against a slop of a run defense. It all changes this week when Chase Rettig will have to put the ball in the air more against FSU, which comes in third in the country in sacks (3.63 per game). This may not be pleasant for the sophomore, but if his line can keep him upright it will make a huge difference. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: It's a broken record, but linebacker Luke Kuechly was again clearly BC's best player. He only seems to be in on every tackle but has 35 in the first two games, 17 Saturday night. His streak of consecutive double-figure tackling games ran to a current FBS-best 24 straight games Saturday night. Another positive Saturday night was kicker Nate Freese shaking off a bad opening week to give BC a 3-0 lead with a 47-yard field goal. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'll trust Nate on any kick. He's one of my best friends and I trust that on every kick, no matter what the situation is, he'll put it through. If it's out there again, I'm going to let him kick it again." - LB Luke Kuechly after Nate Freese missed a 23-yard field goal that would have put BC ahead in the final minute Saturday. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Luke Kuechly continues to make almost every play on the defense and while it's nice to have an All-American linebacker and talented sidekicks, too many tackles by your linebackers means your front line isn't making enough. With all the manpower losses this team has had, tackle Kaleb Ramsey, who still hasn't played, goes down as the unsung loss. The Eagles are 88th in the country against the run, 93rd against the pass, 105th in team defense and tied for 66th in scoring defense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Luke Kuechly - One of the best defensive players in the country, he has reached double figures in tackles in 25 straight game, best in the FBS. His 58 tackles lead the nation and it still seems like he's in on every play. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - LB Luke Kuechly continues to flash his All-American form. He has 58 tackles tackles in the first three games and finds himself in his usual spot of leading the nation in tackles. He has a nation's-best streak of double-digit tackles at 25, and has taken care of that number in the first half of all three games. His 23 tackles tied Stephen Boyd for the second-most ever by a BC player in a game and he was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and ACC Linebacker of the Week Monday. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - All-American LB Luke Kuechly recorded a career-high 23 tackles, extending his double-figure tackling games to 25 straight, the longest current streak in the country. His third career game of 20 or more tied the fourth-most tackles ever made by a BC player in a game. His next tackle will make him the fifth Eagle and 32nd ACC player with 400 career tackles. - The Sports Xchange

09/19/2011 - WEEK 3 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, Jr., 6-3, 237, Cincinnati, Ohio Junior LB Luke Kuechly recorded 23 tackles in Boston College's 20-19 loss to Duke, marking a career high and tying Stephen Boyd for second on the school's all-time single-game list. Boyd recorded 23 tackles against Virginia Tech in 1993. The 23 tackles ties for fourth most tackles in a BC game (three players recorded 25). Saturday's game marked the third game of Kuechly's career with 20 or more tackles. The Cincinnati, Ohio native previously recorded 21 tackles at Duke (2010) and 20 tackles at NC State (2010). Kuechly now has 399 career tackles. He is positioned to become the fifth Eagle and 32nd player from the ACC to ever record 400 career tackles. - ACC football

09/15/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: It's a broken record, but linebacker Luke Kuechly was again clearly BC's best player. He has 35 tackles in the first two games, including 17 on Saturday night, when he ran his streak of consecutive double-figure tackling games to a current FBS-best 24. Another positive Saturday night was kicker Nate Freese shaking off a bad opening week to give BC a 3-0 lead with a 47-yard field goal. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - The offense has to figure out a way to keep the defense off the field. It's tough for a defense to stay on the field for more than 37 minutes, especially in a game in Florida. The return of Montel Harris (this week?) has to help that, taking the pressure off the shoulders of Chase Rettig, still basically a rookie quarterback. "You guys were asking him all these questions about the defense and what he should have said - but Luke's way too nice of a kid to say it - is that they had nothing to play for," Rettig said of linebacker Kuechly. "We didn't put any points on the board. A lot of times, the offense and defense survive off each other. "We've got to do a better job of putting points on the board, keeping the ball and keeping our defense off the field. They were on the field way too long. We need to have sustained drives." Kuechly extended his FBS-best streak of consecutive double-figure tackling games to 24 with 17 stops in the loss at Central Florida. He has reached double figures in the first halves of both games. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - LB Luke Kuechly continues to flash his All-American form. He has 35 tackles in the first two games and finds himself in his usual spot of leading the nation in tackles. He has a nation's-best streak of double-digit tackles at 24, and has taken care of that number in the first half of both games. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The defense hung in as long as it could in Florida on Saturday night as BC possessed the ball for less than 23 minutes in the loss. Luke Kuechly is playing like the star that he is but isn't getting much help, as the pass rush is non-existent and the secondary is a manpower mess that is in more trouble after losing cornerback C.J. Jones for the season with knee surgery. Duke receiver Connor Vernon has 14 catches in the first two games. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Luke Kuechly - One of the best defensive players in the country, he has reached double figures in tackles in 24 straight game, best in the FBS. His 35 tackles lead the nation and it still seems like he's in on every tackle. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Luke Kuechly - One of the best defensive players in the country, he had his nation's-best 23rd straight double-figure tackling game in Week 1, with 18. He also had an interception and 23-yard return that almost went into the end zone. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2011 - WEEK 1 REWIND: Few players entered the year boasting as impressive a resume as Boston College inside linebacker Luke Kuechly. The 11th consensus All-American in school history, Kuechly led the country in solo (110) and total tackles (183) last season playing alongside a player who was a bigger story -- Mark Herzlich. The production wasn't a surprise, considering that he finished second the year before in both categories as a true freshman (87, 158). The two-time All-ACC selection picked up Saturday right where he left off, racking up 18 tackles, 1?? tackles for loss and an interception in a tough 24-17 home loss to Northwestern. Kuechly owes his gaudy statistics to the fact that he simply is the most instinctive defender in the country. He has an uncanny ability of diagnosing the play as it is happening, beating blockers to the action. He has long arms and good upper body strength to shuck blockers even when they get to him. He is also a secure wrap-up tackler who pursues to all levels of the field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/06/2011 - ACC WEEK 1 LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK - Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, Jr., 6-3, 237, Cincinnati, OH Junior LB Luke Kuechly recorded 19 tackles in Boston College's 24-17 loss to Northwestern. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has now tallied 10 or more tackles in 23 consecutive games which is the longest active streak of double-digit tackles in the country. Kuechly also recorded his fifth career interception with just over nine minutes to play in the first half and returned it 23 yards to the Northwestern two yard line. BC scored its first touchdown of the season two plays later. - ACC football

09/06/2011 - WEEK 1 REWIND: Despite his instincts and production, Kuechly has his warts. At 6-2, 235 pounds, he is a lighter and less explosive than scouts would prefer at the Mike position. Kuechly also had an uncharacteristic missed tackle in the closing moments of the first half that allowed Northwestern's backup quarterback Kain Colter to slip by him for a touchdown and momentum heading into the half. Kuechly's over pursuit resulted in Northwestern's first touchdown of the 2011-12 season. Ironically, earlier in the second quarter, his big play against Colter also led to Boston College's first trip to the end zone this season, as well. Kuechly eased to his left to cover the running back and quickly broke on the ball for an easy interception. Kuechly weaved his way toward the end zone, nearly scoring the second touchdown off an interception return of his career (Central Michigan, 2009). Moments later, Eagles' running back Andre Williams ran six yards for the score. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/02/2011 - On defense, linebacker Luke Kuechly finished third in the preseason Player of the Year vote and is simply one of the best players in the country. He leads a defense loaded at linebacker but loaded with questions both in front and behind of the LBs. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Luke Kuechly - Called "The Human Eraser" by his coach, Kuechly ran away with the NCAA tackling "title" last year and just seems to be in on every play. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College (49), Junior, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff. Kuechly, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound linebacker, led the nation in tackles per game in 2010. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was a consensus All-America first-team choice last fall after he led all collegiate players in tackles (183) and solo tackles (110). He is the NCAA's leading career returning tackler in tackles per game. - Boston College football

08/08/2011 - To say Boston College experienced a mixed bag at the annual ACC media kickoff would be a major understatement. The Eagles, coming off the program's 12th straight bowl appearance, were greeted in Raleigh, North Carolina by the news that running back Montel Harris was chosen by the conference media as the preseason Player of the Year. Harris' teammate, linebacker Luke Kuechly, finished third in the same poll. Kuechly, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, is a junior now and should be an All-American. The defense was hit with losses up front, and the inspirational Mark Herzlich is gone from the strong linebacking corps, but the defense should again be strong. QUOTE TO NOTE: "A watch list is just as good as being on a preseason top 25. It's based on last season. We finished the season at 7-6 and that's not how we want this season to go. It's cool that you're honored, but I don't think it holds much weight once you get into your season." - Linebacker Luke Kuechly, to the Boston Herald, on his preseason accolades. - The Sports Xchange

08/08/2011 - LB Luke Kuechly was named on the preseason watch lists for the Walter Camp (Player of the Year), Bronco Nagurski (Defensive Player of the Year), Bednarik (top defensive player), Lombardi (top lineman), Butkus (he was runnerup for the top linebacker award last year) and Lott Impact (impact on a defense). "It's cool to be on those watch lists, but it's exactly that. It's a watch list," he said. "You've got to play the games before you're actually on the lists." - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Kuechly, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior, was a consensus All-America first-team choice as a sophomore in 2010 after he led all collegiate players in tackles (183) and solo tackles (110). The Cincinnati, Ohio, resident, is one of seven players named to this year's watch list that received All-America first-team honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation last fall. - Boston College football

07/18/2011 - 2011 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, has been selected one of 51 linebackers named to the 2011 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is handed out annually to the top linebacker in college football. Kuechly, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior, earned All-America first-team recognition from the Associated Press, the Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association after leading all collegiate players in tackles (183) and solo tackles (110) as a sophomore in 2010. - Boston College football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College, (1st Team A-A and All-ACC, led nation in tackles), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Kuechly, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior, earned All-America first-team recognition from the Associated Press, the Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association after leading all collegiate players in tackles (183) and solo tackles (110) as a sophomore in 2010. In addition to being a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy in 2010, Kuechly was also named the runner-up for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in the country, last year. - Boston College football

07/08/2011 - 2011 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the best defensive player. Kuechly, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior, earned All-America first-team recognition from the Associated Press, the Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association after leading all collegiate players in tackles (183) and solo tackles (110) as a sophomore in 2010. In addition to being a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy in 2010, Kuechly was also named the runner-up for the Butkus Award, given annually to the top linebacker in the country, last year. - Boston College football

05/05/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: LB Luke Kuechly - BC's 10th consensus All-American, his sophomore year was even better than his rookie season. He was the nation's runaway tackling leader and takes a streak of 22 straight double-digit tackling efforts into next season. He capped his 2010 career with an interception and 12 tackles in the bowl game. - The Sports Xchange

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Kuechly led the country in tackles (183) and solo stops (110) in 2010 and became the 11th Consensus First-Team All-American (FWAA, AFCA, Walter Camp, Sporting News and AP) in Boston College history. In addition, he was a Bronko Nagurski Award finalist, a runner-up for the Butkus Award and an all-ACC first team honoree. - Boston College football

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/9 -- Luke Kuechly, LB, 6-3, 242, Boston College...A smart and steady linebacker who could play any of the three spots the Panthers use. Likely plays the middle in the long run, though he's fast enough to play the weak side without sacrificing anything. - The Sports Xchange

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