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BC product Luke Kuechly wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors

02.02.13 at 8:29 pm ET

Former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly won the Associated Press 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, it was announced Saturday night.

A first-round pick of the Panthers, Kuechly led the league with 164 tackles. He earned 28 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. That easily outdistanced Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner with 11.

Green Bay cornerback Casey Hayward got six votes, while St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins got three. Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David got the other two votes.

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