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December 24, 2013

Luke Kuechly wins NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week after collecting a franchise-record 26 tackles and an interception in the 17-13 win against New Orleans.

It's the second such honor this season for Kuechly and the third of his career, tying him with former Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers for the most in team history.

Kuechly was credited with 24 tackles in the official press box stats, tying him with Jets linebacker David Harris, who had 24 in a game against Washington in 2007, for the most in the league since 1994, according to STATS LLC.

Team officials added two more stops to Kuechly's total after the coaches' film review. Former Panthers linebacker James Anderson had the previous high for tackles in a regular-season game with 20.

Kuechly deflected praise when told of the award Tuesday.

"There's a bunch of other good players out there on the defensive side of the ball you've watched the whole year, guys that have made plays in all games," Kuechly said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 24, 2013 at 02:35 PM | Permalink


There's absolutely no reason why he shouldn't get DPOY. Kuechly is a BEAST! His instincts and pure fundamentals are 2nd to none. One of the main reasons for the Panthers success this year.

Posted by: Taurus | Dec 24, 2013 2:45:52 PM

Biggest no-brainer in the history of sports...

Posted by: M_N | Dec 24, 2013 3:40:51 PM

not only should he bet DPOY, he should received strong consideration for POY.

Posted by: Doug | Dec 24, 2013 3:44:30 PM

I believe Luke deserves POY consideration and I'm sure the Panthers wouldn't be where they are now without him. Keep pounding in ATL Luke and the rest of your team.

Posted by: Kenneth Irving | Dec 24, 2013 4:01:08 PM

I'm personally hoping that he breaks Matt Ryan in half and eats him.

Posted by: TP | Dec 24, 2013 4:19:48 PM

Well deserved but would liked to have seen co-players and recognize Thomas Davis as well....that was the best game I have ever seen 2 linebackers play and I have been watching football for a long time

Posted by: Bull123 | Dec 24, 2013 5:22:19 PM

this cant be one of mr hurney guys, i thought he was the worst gm in panthers small history..lol..marty was never the problem..

Posted by: teedog | Dec 24, 2013 5:26:10 PM

TD and Kuechly are great linebackers that D-line is what makes them the best duo Ive seen. The D- line keeps the o- line off of them so they can run sideline to sideline ... Go panthers

Posted by: alan | Dec 24, 2013 6:30:20 PM

Kuechly is already the most gifted linebacker in franchise history in my humble opinion. He and Thomas Davis are absolutely the best two together that I've seen. And I've watched the NFL since John Baker, Jr played with the Steelers. (Any fans know that name?)

Posted by: Larry | Dec 24, 2013 6:46:01 PM

Incredible defensive performance by Kuechly and Davis... and the DLine (allowing the LBs to roam free), Hardy's 3 sacks, Captain's solid game.. and just the D in general. Kuechly is just plain fearsome to opposing offenses.. The fan's helped energize this effort too....... would be nice to see lots of Panther blue in the Georgia Dome Sunday, nothing more demoralizing for a home game to seem like an "away" one. *Very important game to win to get a realistic shot at the Superbowl, a game maybe less than 10% of NFL players go to in their career*

Posted by: bill | Dec 24, 2013 8:27:05 PM

He is the only answer to "Greatest Panther of all time". Nobody wearing the Panthers uni has dominated the league the way he has. He does it all with no scowls, no towels, no pouts, no sulks, no excuses. He is a football player. His should be the face of the team and the league

Posted by: PantherMan | Dec 24, 2013 8:46:00 PM

Kuechly should be front runner for NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Posted by: par404 | Dec 24, 2013 9:18:58 PM

@teedog.....Hurney WAS absolutely the problem! Any GM can find first and second round talent, but he had no idea what to do once he got to the third round! Additionally, he mortgaged future draft picks for current year drafting, which left us with only 5 picks this past draft! Not to mention the $16 million hole he left us in before he was finally relieved of duties....shall I go on?

Posted by: David Crabb | Dec 24, 2013 9:51:30 PM

I thought Dan Morgan had 25 tackles in the Superbowl.

Posted by: DD | Dec 25, 2013 2:07:13 AM

Marty hurney wouldn't have brought us mike mitchell quietin mikell ted ginn jr Robert lester etc etc...like David crabb said its easy to hit top ten talent but how does the back of your roster look? We are at least ten plus under the cap and still have a shot at home field advantage through out the playoffs...marty hurney had a overpaid roster that couldn't even crack .500...lol Marty hurney was the main problem...yes even more then john fox.

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Dec 25, 2013 9:31:05 AM

Hey bill it's getting awfully hard to hate on cam these days but I commend your effort. I suspect if cam was white and had the last name luck you would give him some credit for the panthers successes. I'm glad your not the GM or we would be trading for Kurt cousins we would be mediocre but atleast the right shade of mediocre and panther fans would be the ones wearing towels on the heads sulking. He's the future of the panthers and he's better than luck rg3 dalton tanahill and Wilson. You can hate but hate watch him beat everyone you would rather have and be humbled. Keep pounding bill

Posted by: Eric | Dec 25, 2013 10:09:33 AM

I think Cams best games of his career will come in the playoffs... He killed at Auburn when the lights came on and the games were do or die..

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Dec 25, 2013 7:02:09 PM


Posted by: Brian | Dec 25, 2013 7:42:07 PM

An the guy has 2 tds to Lukes 0.......We all pull for the home team, but please lets make reasonable educated comments.

Posted by: Brian | Dec 25, 2013 8:03:42 PM

Cam is better than Wilson? ARE YOU HIGH??? Wilson is a natural leader and will win a Super Bowl in the next three years. The Panthers are looking at one and out for the playoffs.

Posted by: Go Cats! | Dec 26, 2013 8:17:36 AM

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