Nov. 10, 2011
Boston College junior linebacker Luke Kuechly has been named one of four finalists for the 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award honoring the nation's top lineman or linebacker, according to an announcement by the Rotary Club of Houston on Thursday.
A 6-foot-3, 237-pound product of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kuechly lead all collegiate players in the country with 80 solo tackles and 150 total tackles in nine games this fall.
In addition to BC's Kuechly, two Alabama linebackers - Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw - and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin - have been named finalists for the award.
Kuechly has recorded 491 career tackles, including 218 solo tackles, in 35 career games and is averaging 14.0 tackles per game and 7.9 solo tackles per game. All four standards are unmatched among active collegiate football players. He has registered 10 or more tackles in 32 (of 35) games since making his collegiate debut against Northeastern on Sept. 5, 2009.
Kuechly was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore in 2010, receiving first-team honors from the Associated Press, the Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers' Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association.
All four players and their coaches will come to Houston for two full days of activities, including the Community Event at the Texans YMCA, the Meet the Finalists Energy Reception, and the Lineman's Private Reception. These events culminate with the Award Show held on December 7, 2011, at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Jim Kelly, Hall of Fame quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, also will be in attendance to receive the Rotary Lombardi Humanitarian Award.
Boston College (2-7, 1-5 ACC) returns to action against NC State (5-4, 2-3 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the ACC Network. The broadcast outlets for this telecast are listed online at: http://www.theacc.com/accnetwork/schedule.html