Nov. 14, 2011
Boston College junior Luke Kuechly, who recorded a game-high 18 tackles in the team's 14-10 win over NC State on Saturday, Nov. 12, has earned both Atlantic Coast Conference Linebacker of the Week recognition as well as Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors, according to announcements by each organization on Monday.
In recognition of Kuechly's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Boston College. An interview with Kuechly can be heard at halftime of Saturday's LSU - Mississippi game on Sports USA Radio Network. The IMPACT Player of the Week is also featured on Fox college football games this weekend.
Kuechly registered nine tackles during a 13-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to preserve the team's lead victory over the Wolfpack and extended his nation-best streak to 32 games with double-digit tackles, and in the third quarter became the fifth player in ACC history to reach 500 tackles in his career.
A 6-foot-3, 237-pound product of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kuechly leads all collegiate players in the country with 89 solo tackles and 168 total tackles in 10 games this fall. He is a Lott Trophy semifinalist, a Butkus Award semifinalist and a Lombardi Award finalist.
Kuechly has recorded 509 career tackles, including 227 solo tackles, in 36 career games and is averaging 14.1 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 33 (of 36) games since making his collegiate debut against Northeastern on Sept. 5, 2009.
Kuechly enters Saturday's game at Notre Dame just 15 tackles shy of the school's all-time record of 524 held by former Eagle great Steven Boyd, who set the standard during his four years from 1991-94. Boyd is a 1994 Boston College graduate who twice captured All-Big East honors - in 1993 and 1994 - and helped lead the Eagles to three consecutive bowl appearances - the 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl, the 1994 Carquest Bowl and the 1994 Jeep-Eagle Aloha Bowl.
Additionally, Kuechly stands just six tackles short of the all-time conference record held by Clemson's Bubba Brown (1976-79).
Kuechly was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore, 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.
Boston College (3-7) returns to action at Notre Dame (7-3) on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on NBC.