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Luke Kuechly
LB #59
Height:
6-3
Weight:
238
Age:
24
College:
Boston College
Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
153
SCK
3.0
FF
1
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 473 295 178 6.0 0 27 7 55 -- 30 0 1 4
2014 CAR 16 16 153 99 54 3.0 -- 12 1 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2013 CAR 16 16 156 93 63 2.0 -- 7 4 33 8.3 30 0 0 --
2012 CAR 16 16 164 103 61 1.0 -- 8 2 22 11 25 0 0 3
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @TB W 20-14 9 7 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2 DET W 24-7 11 3 8 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 PIT L 19-37 14 7 7 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @BAL L 10-38 12 6 6 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 CHI W 31-24 15 11 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @CIN L 37-37 13 9 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @GB L 17-38 8 7 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 SEA L 9-13 7 4 3 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 NO L 10-28 8 2 6 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @PHI L 21-45 8 6 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 ATL L 17-19 11 9 2 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
13 @MIN L 13-31 9 7 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @NO W 41-10 7 6 1 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 TB W 19-17 6 4 2 -- -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
16 CLE W 17-13 7 5 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @ATL W 34-3 8 6 2 -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

TRANSACTIONS
Selected in the first round (9th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/26/12).

GP/GS
Career (48/48) [3/3]; 2014 (16/16) [2/2]; 2013 (16/16) [1/1]; 2012 (16/16).

2014
Started 16 games at middle linebacker for Carolina...Led the NFL for the second time in three years with 153 tackles (based on press box statistics)...Paced the Panthers for the third consecutive season with 166 tackles (based on coaches' film review)...Registered a team-leading and career-high 12 passes defensed, the second most among NFL linebackers, to go along with one interception...Posted a career-high three sacks, two quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Produced 10 or more tackles in a game nine times and led or tied for the team high in tackles 11 times...Ranks first in the NFL with 473 tackles (based on press box statistics) since entering the league in 2012...Key member of unit that finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for the third consecutive year, rating 10th...POSTSEASON: Started at middle linebacker in NFC Wild Card versus Arizona (1/3) and NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10)...Recorded 17 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed...HONORS: Selected to second career Pro Bowl and started at middle linebacker...AP All-Pro First Team...PFWA All-NFL...PFWA All-NFC...Sporting News All-Pro...Sports Illustrated All-Pro...At Tampa Bay (9/7): Tipped a pass by Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown that was intercepted by cornerback Antoine Cason...Sacked McCown for a seven-yard loss...Forced a fumble by Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey with 1:27 left in the game to clinch the victory...Vs. Atlanta (11/16): Recovered a fumble by Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester...At Minnesota (11/30): Established a single-game career high with two sacks...Took down Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for losses of seven and five yards...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/14): Secured victory with interception of McCown with six seconds remaining...NFC Wild Card vs. Arizona (1/3): Intercepted a pass by Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley at the Panthers' four-yard line to end a scoring threat early in the fourth quarter...Deflected pass by Lindley that was picked off in the end zone by safety Tre Boston with 1:54 left to seal the win...Part of defense that set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed in a postseason game with 78.

2013
SEASON NOTES: Started 16 games at middle linebacker for Carolina...Paced the team with 176 tackles (based on coaches' film review), the second-highest total in franchise history behind his record 205 tackles in 2012...Tied for the team lead with four interceptions to go along with five passes defensed...Posted two sacks and two quarterback pressures...Compiled 10 or more tackles in a game eight times and led or tied for the team high in tackles 10 times...Leads the NFL with 320 tackles (based on press box statistics) since entering the league in 2012...Key member of unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...POSTSEASON: Started at middle linebacker in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...Recorded a team-high 15 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed...Sacked 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a seven-yard loss.

HONORS: Selected to first career Pro Bowl and started at middle linebacker...AP Defensive Player of the Year...Became the first player to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and AP Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive years since Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1981 and 1982...AP All-Pro First Team...PFWA All-NFL...PFWA All-NFC...NFL 101 NFC Defensive Player of the Year...Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year...Sporting News All-Pro...Sports Illustrated All-Pro...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performances in Week 10 at San Francisco (11/10) and Week 16 versus New Orleans (12/22)...Produced 13 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Panthers' 10-9 win against 49ers...Amassed a team-record 26 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in Panthers' 17-13 playoff-clinching win against Saints.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - At Buffalo (9/15): Intercepted a pass by Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel...Takeaway resulted in a field goal...At Arizona (10/6): Stepped in front of pass by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer for an interception...Vs. Atlanta (11/3): Picked off a pass by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan...Panthers converted turnover into a touchdown...At San Francisco (11/10): Took down 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a nine-yard sack...Part of defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six sacks and forced two turnovers...Vs. New York Jets (12/15): Wrapped up Jets quarterback Geno Smith for a six-yard sack...Vs. New Orleans (12/22): Set a team single-game record with 26 tackles (based on coaches' film review)...Bettered the previous mark of 20 by James Anderson versus the New York Giants (9/20/12)...Tied NFL single-game record with 24 tackles (based on press box statistics), previously accomplished by David Harris for the New York Jets (11/4/07)...Swiped a pass by Saints quarterback Drew Brees for an interception...Marked the first time a player recorded at least 20 tackles and an interception in the same game since Derrick Brooks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9/30/01).

2012
SEASON NOTES: Selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Started 16 games, opening the first four games at weakside linebacker before moving to middle linebacker for the last 12 following a season-ending injury to Jon Beason...Led the NFL with 164 tackles (based on press box statistics), becoming the first rookie since Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers in 2007 to top the league in tackles...Set a team record with 205 tackles (based on coaches' film review), breaking the previous mark of 174 by James Anderson in 2011...Set a team record for tackles by a rookie, surpassing the previous mark of 160 by Jon Beason in 2007...Produced 10 or more tackles in a game 12 times and led or tied for the team high in tackles 10 times...Finished first on the team with three fumble recoveries and tied for first with two interceptions to go along with one sack and five passes defensed...After shift to middle linebacker in Week 5, keyed defensive improvement from 24th in the league to 10th at the end of the season...In 12 games at middle linebacker, played all 769 defensive snaps and averaged 14.4 tackles per game, helping the Panthers rank sixth in total defense, eighth rushing defense and 11th in passing defense over that period.

HONORS: AP Defensive Rookie of the Year...Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year...Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie...ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December...Totaled 74 tackles, one sack, one interception and two passes defensed as Panthers went 4-1 during month...Gathered 15 or more tackles in four games...Contributed to defense that held two opponents to less than 200 total net yards...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance in Week 14 versus Atlanta (12/9)...Posted 19 tackles in Panthers' 30-20 win...Part of defensive effort that limited Falcons to 35 rushing yards as Carolina became just the second team in 2012 to hold Atlanta to 20 points or less.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - At Tampa Bay (9/9): Joined fellow rookies Josh Norman and Amini Silatolu as opening day starters...Vs. Seattle (10/7): Made first start at middle linebacker...Notched first career interception, snagging a pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson out of midair that had bounced off the hands of running back Marshawn Lynch...Vs. Dallas (10/21): Compiled 18 tackles, equaling the third most in team history...Fell on a fumble by Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin...Takeaway led to a touchdown...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/18): Ended a Buccaneers' scoring threat with a recovery of a fumble by running back Doug Martin in the end zone for a touchback...Panthers converted takeaway into a touchdown...At Philadelphia (11/26): Recovered a fumble by Eagles running back Bryce Brown...At Kansas City (12/2): Victimized Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn for first career sack, dropping him for a four-yard loss...Vs. Atlanta (12/9): Established a career high with 19 tackles, the second-highest single-game total in team history...Vs. Oakland (12/23): Intercepted a pass by Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart and returned it 25 yards to set up a touchdown.

COLLEGE
Played in 38 games with 37 starts at Boston College...Entered NFL following junior season...Dynamic playmaker with exceptional vision, instincts, agility and power...Finished career with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and school-record 532 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven interceptions and 10 passes defensed...Tackle total ranks second in NCAA history...Averaged an NCAA record 14.0 tackles per game...Recorded at least 10 tackles in 34 games, including an NCAA record 33 consecutive games...Only player to ever lead the nation in tackles more than once and first player to lead the ACC in tackles three times...2011 (Jr.): Earned Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player, Butkus Award as the nation's most outstanding linebacker and Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's best lineman or linebacker...First-team All-American...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Started 12 games at middle linebacker...Led the nation with a conference and school record 191 tackles, averaging a Football Bowl Subdivision record 15.9 tackles per game...Registered 12 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three passes defensed...2010 (So.): First-team All-American...First-team All-ACC choice...Started 13 games at middle linebacker...Ranked first in the nation with 183 tackles...Posted 10.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and three passes defensed...Anchored the nation's top-rated rushing defense, yielding 82.3 yards per game...2009 (Fr.): First-team Freshman All-American...ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Played in 13 games with 12 starts...Made nine starts at weakside linebacker and three at middle linebacker...Finished second in the nation with 158 tackles - the most by a true freshman in school history...Collected 13 tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, one interception and four passes defensed.

PERSONAL
Attended St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati, Ohio...Majored in marketing at Boston College...Last name is pronounced KEEK-lee.

TRANSACTIONS
Selected in the first round (9th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/26/12).

GP/GS
Career (48/48) [3/3]; 2014 (16/16) [2/2]; 2013 (16/16) [1/1]; 2012 (16/16).

2014
Started 16 games at middle linebacker for Carolina...Led the NFL for the second time in three years with 153 tackles (based on press box statistics)...Paced the Panthers for the third consecutive season with 166 tackles (based on coaches' film review)...Registered a team-leading and career-high 12 passes defensed, the second most among NFL linebackers, to go along with one interception...Posted a career-high three sacks, two quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Produced 10 or more tackles in a game nine times and led or tied for the team high in tackles 11 times...Ranks first in the NFL with 473 tackles (based on press box statistics) since entering the league in 2012...Key member of unit that finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for the third consecutive year, rating 10th...POSTSEASON: Started at middle linebacker in NFC Wild Card versus Arizona (1/3) and NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle (1/10)...Recorded 17 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed...HONORS: Selected to second career Pro Bowl and started at middle linebacker...AP All-Pro First Team...PFWA All-NFL...PFWA All-NFC...Sporting News All-Pro...Sports Illustrated All-Pro...At Tampa Bay (9/7): Tipped a pass by Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown that was intercepted by cornerback Antoine Cason...Sacked McCown for a seven-yard loss...Forced a fumble by Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey with 1:27 left in the game to clinch the victory...Vs. Atlanta (11/16): Recovered a fumble by Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester...At Minnesota (11/30): Established a single-game career high with two sacks...Took down Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for losses of seven and five yards...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/14): Secured victory with interception of McCown with six seconds remaining...NFC Wild Card vs. Arizona (1/3): Intercepted a pass by Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley at the Panthers' four-yard line to end a scoring threat early in the fourth quarter...Deflected pass by Lindley that was picked off in the end zone by safety Tre Boston with 1:54 left to seal the win...Part of defense that set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed in a postseason game with 78.

2013
SEASON NOTES: Started 16 games at middle linebacker for Carolina...Paced the team with 176 tackles (based on coaches' film review), the second-highest total in franchise history behind his record 205 tackles in 2012...Tied for the team lead with four interceptions to go along with five passes defensed...Posted two sacks and two quarterback pressures...Compiled 10 or more tackles in a game eight times and led or tied for the team high in tackles 10 times...Leads the NFL with 320 tackles (based on press box statistics) since entering the league in 2012...Key member of unit that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense...POSTSEASON: Started at middle linebacker in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12)...Recorded a team-high 15 tackles, one sack and two passes defensed...Sacked 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a seven-yard loss.

HONORS: Selected to first career Pro Bowl and started at middle linebacker...AP Defensive Player of the Year...Became the first player to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and AP Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive years since Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1981 and 1982...AP All-Pro First Team...PFWA All-NFL...PFWA All-NFC...NFL 101 NFC Defensive Player of the Year...Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year...Sporting News All-Pro...Sports Illustrated All-Pro...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performances in Week 10 at San Francisco (11/10) and Week 16 versus New Orleans (12/22)...Produced 13 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Panthers' 10-9 win against 49ers...Amassed a team-record 26 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in Panthers' 17-13 playoff-clinching win against Saints.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - At Buffalo (9/15): Intercepted a pass by Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel...Takeaway resulted in a field goal...At Arizona (10/6): Stepped in front of pass by Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer for an interception...Vs. Atlanta (11/3): Picked off a pass by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan...Panthers converted turnover into a touchdown...At San Francisco (11/10): Took down 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a nine-yard sack...Part of defense that limited 49ers to 151 total net yards and 46 net passing yards, recorded six sacks and forced two turnovers...Vs. New York Jets (12/15): Wrapped up Jets quarterback Geno Smith for a six-yard sack...Vs. New Orleans (12/22): Set a team single-game record with 26 tackles (based on coaches' film review)...Bettered the previous mark of 20 by James Anderson versus the New York Giants (9/20/12)...Tied NFL single-game record with 24 tackles (based on press box statistics), previously accomplished by David Harris for the New York Jets (11/4/07)...Swiped a pass by Saints quarterback Drew Brees for an interception...Marked the first time a player recorded at least 20 tackles and an interception in the same game since Derrick Brooks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9/30/01).

2012
SEASON NOTES: Selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...Started 16 games, opening the first four games at weakside linebacker before moving to middle linebacker for the last 12 following a season-ending injury to Jon Beason...Led the NFL with 164 tackles (based on press box statistics), becoming the first rookie since Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers in 2007 to top the league in tackles...Set a team record with 205 tackles (based on coaches' film review), breaking the previous mark of 174 by James Anderson in 2011...Set a team record for tackles by a rookie, surpassing the previous mark of 160 by Jon Beason in 2007...Produced 10 or more tackles in a game 12 times and led or tied for the team high in tackles 10 times...Finished first on the team with three fumble recoveries and tied for first with two interceptions to go along with one sack and five passes defensed...After shift to middle linebacker in Week 5, keyed defensive improvement from 24th in the league to 10th at the end of the season...In 12 games at middle linebacker, played all 769 defensive snaps and averaged 14.4 tackles per game, helping the Panthers rank sixth in total defense, eighth rushing defense and 11th in passing defense over that period.

HONORS: AP Defensive Rookie of the Year...Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year...Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie...ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December...Totaled 74 tackles, one sack, one interception and two passes defensed as Panthers went 4-1 during month...Gathered 15 or more tackles in four games...Contributed to defense that held two opponents to less than 200 total net yards...PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance in Week 14 versus Atlanta (12/9)...Posted 19 tackles in Panthers' 30-20 win...Part of defensive effort that limited Falcons to 35 rushing yards as Carolina became just the second team in 2012 to hold Atlanta to 20 points or less.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS - At Tampa Bay (9/9): Joined fellow rookies Josh Norman and Amini Silatolu as opening day starters...Vs. Seattle (10/7): Made first start at middle linebacker...Notched first career interception, snagging a pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson out of midair that had bounced off the hands of running back Marshawn Lynch...Vs. Dallas (10/21): Compiled 18 tackles, equaling the third most in team history...Fell on a fumble by Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin...Takeaway led to a touchdown...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/18): Ended a Buccaneers' scoring threat with a recovery of a fumble by running back Doug Martin in the end zone for a touchback...Panthers converted takeaway into a touchdown...At Philadelphia (11/26): Recovered a fumble by Eagles running back Bryce Brown...At Kansas City (12/2): Victimized Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn for first career sack, dropping him for a four-yard loss...Vs. Atlanta (12/9): Established a career high with 19 tackles, the second-highest single-game total in team history...Vs. Oakland (12/23): Intercepted a pass by Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart and returned it 25 yards to set up a touchdown.

COLLEGE
Played in 38 games with 37 starts at Boston College...Entered NFL following junior season...Dynamic playmaker with exceptional vision, instincts, agility and power...Finished career with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and school-record 532 tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven interceptions and 10 passes defensed...Tackle total ranks second in NCAA history...Averaged an NCAA record 14.0 tackles per game...Recorded at least 10 tackles in 34 games, including an NCAA record 33 consecutive games...Only player to ever lead the nation in tackles more than once and first player to lead the ACC in tackles three times...2011 (Jr.): Earned Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player, Butkus Award as the nation's most outstanding linebacker and Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's best lineman or linebacker...First-team All-American...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Started 12 games at middle linebacker...Led the nation with a conference and school record 191 tackles, averaging a Football Bowl Subdivision record 15.9 tackles per game...Registered 12 tackles for loss, three interceptions and three passes defensed...2010 (So.): First-team All-American...First-team All-ACC choice...Started 13 games at middle linebacker...Ranked first in the nation with 183 tackles...Posted 10.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and three passes defensed...Anchored the nation's top-rated rushing defense, yielding 82.3 yards per game...2009 (Fr.): First-team Freshman All-American...ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Played in 13 games with 12 starts...Made nine starts at weakside linebacker and three at middle linebacker...Finished second in the nation with 158 tackles - the most by a true freshman in school history...Collected 13 tackles for loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, one interception and four passes defensed.

PERSONAL
Attended St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati, Ohio...Majored in marketing at Boston College...Last name is pronounced KEEK-lee.

 

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