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January 03, 2013

Kuechly named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

With year-end honors looming, Panthers rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly got a big boost Thursday for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Kuechly was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for December after he totaled a league-high 59 tackles in five games that month while Carolina went 4-1.

The rookie anchored a Carolina defense that finished 10th in the league, up 18 spots from last season.

He also led the league in tackling this season with 164 stops. He's the first rookie since San Francisco's Patrick Willis did it in 2007. Willis would go on to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Kuechly also had an interception in a sack in December, joining Washington's London Fletcher as the only two players with at least 50 tackles, one interception and a sack in December

Quarterback Cam Newton won the Offensive Rookie of the Month in September 2011. And Kuechly is the first Panthers' defensive player to be named Defensive Rookie of the Month since Julius Peppers received the honor in October 2002.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 3, 2013 at 01:16 PM | Permalink


Where did you leave your self respect
you like look like a reptile
your house is a wreck
your existence an insult
and stains that are suspect
cover your clothes

The standards have fallen
my value has dropped
but don't shed a tear
some walk like they own the place
whilst others creep in fear

Try if you can
to walk like a man
but if you don't come near
you've got to fly like an eagle
prowl like a lion in Africa
leap like a salmon home from the sea
to keep up with me
you've got to walk like a panther tonight
walk like a panther tonight
to keep up with me you've got to walk like a panther...

Posted by: big gulps | Jan 3, 2013 1:56:10 PM

wow i bet you spent a lot of time on that little poem didnt ya.

Posted by: james | Jan 3, 2013 4:13:41 PM

NFL should be as ashamed of itself as I am sickened by the fact that Luke wasn't even an
ALTERNATE in the Pro Bowl...getting Defensive Rookie of the Year should be in the bank...

Posted by: Keith | Jan 3, 2013 9:12:42 PM

Everywhere I'm reading is saying Kuechly will at best get runner-up. He's played like a beast all season on a team that wasn't very good, how does he not deserve ROTY?

Posted by: Self | Jan 4, 2013 10:50:14 AM

sweet All Seeing I reference bro

Posted by: tmack652 | Jan 4, 2013 11:28:38 AM

Good job Luke, we will make a come back next year. While Luke should have made ROTY, COACH should make an exit stage right. Why should we wait til the season to start again to realize COACH need to go. We need to start fresh next season. I am proud of the Panthers like Cam. Gonna be a Panthers fan always.

Posted by: Brenda Leigh | Jan 4, 2013 5:20:00 PM

Brenda, go make me a sandwich.

Posted by: Panthers46 | Jan 5, 2013 12:02:09 AM

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