While Luke Kuechly's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tackle total -- 8 solo, 4 assists -- seemed rather pedestrian per Luke Kuechly standards, the consensus All-American LB may have turned in his most dominant performance of the season.
In addition to his 12 tackles, Kuechly effortless plucked an errant Colin Kaepernick pass out of the air and returned the ball 31 yards, nearly getting into the end zone for just the second time in his career. It was one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable BC bowl game.
On the Eagles' biggest stage of the season, Kuechly's INT caused Twitter to heap quite a bit of praise on the BC sophomore:
"I'm pretty sure Luke Kuechly is a robot." @ecalof
"Luke Kuechly is a damn monster. Check out 40 for BC. #animal" @nsabert
"I wish Luke Kuechly could play every position for BC. Well, except for Mark Herzlich's" @ohword23
"Luke Kuechly is everywhere." @kilroyfsu
"Luke kuechly is a boss for BC. The future looks bright for BC w him coming back for 2 mo years!" @CraigPopp
And my personal favorite ...
"I am pretty sure Luke Kuechly will have hunger defeated all by himself by the time this game ends." @tarheelfanblog
Kuechly completes one of the most dominant defensive performances in school history, finishing with 183 tackles, 3 interceptions, 10.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks. He even added a kick return in the Weber State game for good measure. Sunday's bowl game was Kuechly's 22nd consecutive game with 10 or more tackles. And oh, by the way, he's gone over the 10 tackle mark in all but three games in his career. He crushed the school record for tackles in a season (165), and finished 21 tackles clear of the nation's second leading tackler, Washington's Mason Foster.
And the scariest part of all? BC's wendigo of a linebacker is just a sophomore.
End of season Luke Kuechly Tackle Tracker (through 13 games):