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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Named NFC Defensive Player Of Week 14
Luke Kuechly's late-season push for Defensive Rookie of the Year picked up some steam Wednesday when he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 14.
The middle linebacker tallied a career-high 16 tackles for the Carolina Panthers in their 30-20 win against the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
He has three games of 15 or more tackles, and according to an NFL spokesman, no other player in the NFL has done that in more than one game.
His 130 tackles this season leads all NFL players, he's on track to finish with 160 tackles, which would place him second among rookies all-time behind only Patrick Willis, who won the 2007 Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
"If there’s a better defensive rookie in the league, I haven’t seen him," defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Monday. "Week in and week out he’s No. 1 or 2 on the list of tackles for us. The things he does as a rookie at the age of (21) is very impressive. He’s got a bright future and this organization is fortunate to have a player and person like Luke."
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