Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Keeping up with Kuechly
By Matt Fortuna
Boston College will enter Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday with just a 3-7 record, a 2-5 mark in ACC play and four losses by double-digits. But the Eagles do boast Luke Kuechly, a bright spot that cannot be ignored in an otherwise forgettable season.
In Saturday's 14-10 win over North Carolina State, Kuechly missed time in the third quarter after suffering a bruised right elbow. He re-entered and finished with a game-high 18 tackles, extended his nation-best streak of double-digit tackle games to 32 and recorded nine tackles during one 13-minute span in the fourth quarter. Kuechly became the third player in ACC history to reach the 500-career tackle plateau, and his 509 career tackles are now the fourth-best in conference history. He was named the ACC linebacker of the week, in addition to earning Lott IMPACT player of the week honors.
Kuechly's 286 career solo tackles, 509 career total tackles and 14.1 career tackles per game are tops among all active FBS players.
His 168 total tackles this season are 30 more than any other FBS player. He also leads the nation in solo tackles with 89.
With two games remaining this season, Kuechly is just 15 tackles shy of Boston College's career record of 524, held by Steve Boyd (1991-94). He is also 15 tackles shy of the school's single-season record of 183, which he set last season.
Kuechly is just six tackles shy of the ACC career record of 515, set by Clemson's Bubba Brown (1976-79).
With 168 total tackles this season, Kuechly is 25 tackles shy of the NCAA single-season record of 193, set by Texas Tech's Lawrence Flugence in 2002.
With 509 career total tackles, Kuechly is 36 tackles shy of the FBS career record of 545, set by Northwestern's Tim McGarigle (2002-05).
He has recorded at least 10 tackles in 33 of 36 career games.
The junior has four career 20-tackle games.
Kuechly is a semifinalist for both the Lott Trophy and Butkus Award, and he is a finalist for the Lombardi Award.
Suffice it to say that Notre Dame will have its hands full trying to stay away from Kuechly this Saturday.