Luke Kuechly Named The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Keep pounding, Luke

One of the most decorated players in Boston College football history has added yet another piece of hardware to his rather impressive trophy case. Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has been voted The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year for leading one of the league's best defenses in football.

It's the second major award in as many years for Kuechly after the second-year pro won the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012. Kuechly joins Lawrence Taylor as the only other player to win defensive rookie of the year and follow that up with winning the league's defensive player of the year award. No big deal.

Kuechly was a three-year starter at linebacker (2009-11) at Boston College, taking home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year), Butkus Award (nation's most outstanding linebacker), Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's lineman or inside linebacker of the year) and Lott Impact Trophy (defensive player of the year) in his junior and final season on the Heights. He shattered the school's single season (191) and career record for tackles (532).

The Cincinnati, Ohio native was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Keep pounding, Luke.

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