LUKE AUGUST KUECHLY; born April 20, 1991 ... a dynamic defensive performer with exception skills and instinct ... one of the most decorated defensive players in college football history ... finished his collegiate career with a school-record 532 tackles, including 299 solo tackles, in 38 games ... ranks among the NCAA career leaders in several defensive statistical categories - career total tackles (532; second), career total tackles per game (14.0; first), career solo tackles (299; sixth) and career solo tackles per game (7.87; second) ... twice captured the NCAA statistical championship in both tackles per game (14.1 in 2010 and 15.9 in 2011) and solo tackles per game (8.5 in 2010 and 8.5 in 2011) ... recorded at least 10 tackles in 34 of 38 career games, including a streak of 33 straight games from Oct. 3, 2009 - Nov. 19, 2011.
2011 (JUNIOR): Started all 12 games at middle linebacker ... registered a school-record 191 tackles, including 102 solo tackles ... earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year ... captured the Butkus Award given to the nation's most outstanding linebacker ... earned the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's lineman or inside linebacker of the year ... earned the Lott Impact Trophy given to the defensive player of the year ... earned consensus All-America honors;captured first-team laurels from the Associated Press, the Football Writers' Association of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... earned Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year recognition; was a unanimous selection to the ACC first team ... captured the program's William J. Flynn Coaches Award given to the most valuable player ... led the nation in total tackles (191), tackles per game (15.9), solo tackles (102) and solo tackles per game (8.5) ... registered at least 11 tackles in 11 (of the first 12) games, including a season-high 23 tackles in the team's 20-19 home loss to Duke (Sept. 17) ... twice captured Lott Impact Player of the Week and ACC Linebacker of the Week honors; earned recognition from both organizations after recording 23 tackles, including 17 solo tackles, in a 20-19 home loss to the Blue Devils as well as when he registered 18 tackles in a 14-10 home victory over NC State (Nov. 12) ... captured ACC Linebacker of the Week recognition after registering 18 tackles and one interception in a 24-17 loss to Northwestern (Sept. 3) ... registered nine tackles, including six solo tackles and one tackle for a loss of seven yards, one interception returned for a touchdown and one pass break-up in the team's 24-17 win at Miami (Nov. 25) in the season finale.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Started all 13 games at middle linebacker ... registered 183 tackles, including 110 solo tackles ... earned unanimous All-America honors; earned first-team recognition from all five official selectors: the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, the Football Writers' Association of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... was named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year ... also named one of five finalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation's most outstanding linebacker; finished as the runner-up in the final voting ... earned Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors ... led the nation in total tackles (183), tackles per game (14.1), solo tackles (110) and solo tackles per game (8.5) ... registered at least 10 tackles in all 13 games, including a season-high 21 tackles in a 21-16 win at Duke (Nov. 13) and 20 tackles, including a season-high 13 solo tackles, against NC State (Oct. 9) ... became the fastest Eagle to record 200 tackles, reaching the milestone in the 17th game of his career ... earned ACC Player of the Week four times, taking home honors for the weeks of Sept. 13, Nov. 1, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 13 games; registered 12 starts at linebacker ... registered 158 tackles, including 87 solo tackles ... earned Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year recognition; earned All-ACC first-team honors ... earned freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers' Association of America and Sporting News ... earned ACC Player of the Week accolades three times ... finished the season ranked second in the country in total tackles and solo stops ... recorded the most tackles in a BC season since Stephen Boyd in 1993...his 12.15 tackles per game was the highest average by any rookie since the NCAA began tracking tackles in 2003 ... recorded 10 or more tackles in the final nine games ... led the Eagles in tackles in 12 of 13 games ... also led the team in tackles for a loss (13) and pass break ups (four) ... recorded 16 tackles in the team's 24-13 loss to Southern California (Dec. 26) in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, Calif.; earned Defensive Player of the Game honors ... registered a season-high 19 tackles, including eight solo tackles, along with 2.5 tackles for loss against North Carolina (Nov. 21); those 19 tackles were the fourth-most in a game in the FBS in 2009 ... recorded 11 tackles and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown against Central Michigan (Oct. 31).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Ohio News Network All-Ohio second-team honors as a senior safety at St. Xavier ... was a two-time All-Greater Catholic League selection; gained first-team honors in 2008 ... led the Bombers in tackles as a junior and senior; made 147 tackles in 2007 and 130 stops in 2008...selected as the GCL's top defensive back as a senior...totaled one sack, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 2008 ... recorded six sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries (one for a TD) and two interceptions from his linebacker position in 2007...helped the Bombers to a 15-0 record and the Division 1 state title in 2007 ... served as 2008 team captain ... played for head coach Steve Specht...also played for the Bombers' lacrosse team (2005-07).
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