CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 12: Carolina Panthers first round draft pick Luke Kuechly #59 makes his way to practice at Carolina Panthers Rookie Camp on May 12, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
A week from today the ACC media members will vote for the ACC Male Athlete of the Year. There is quite a crew of talented players from a variety of sports nominated this year. Boston College nominated of course Luke Kuechly, who brought home an extensive list of hardware this off season that included the Lott, Butkus and Lombardi Awards.
Should Kuechly win the Award? Of course I am a little biased when I say of course he should. He was the most dominant defender in college football last year, breaking NCAA records in the process, and kept a sub-par BC football from completely falling apart. Hopefully the ACC member sees him as I do, as a consummate professionally, hard worker, leader who embodies everything you could hope for in an ACC athlete.
If Kuechly was to win the award, he would be the first football player to win it since Phillip Rivers won the award in 2004. Since then the award has been won by basketball players (Sean May, Tyler Hansborough, J.J Reddick), Golf (Matt Hill), Lacrosse (Ned Crotty) and Track & Field (Walter Dix and last year's winner Ngoni Makusha). A Boston College athlete has never won the award.
The list of nominees include:
- Boston College -- Luke Kuechly (football)
- Clemson -- Dwayne Allen (football)
- Duke -- Andrew Wenger (soccer)
- Florida State -- James Ramsey (baseball)
- Georgia Tech -- James White (golf)
- Maryland -- Casey Townsend (soccer)
- Miami -- Devon Hill (track and field)
- North Carolina -- Tyler Zeller (basketball)
- N.C. State -- Ryan Hill (Cross Country)
- Virginia -- Steele Stanwick (Lacrosse)
- Virginia Tech -- Alexander Ziegler (Track & Field)
- Wake Forest -- Lee Bedford (golf)