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Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) reacts in the fourth quarter. The Panthers defeated the Saint 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly wins NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award

After just his second year in the league, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly has been awarded 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors following the team’s run toward the NFL Playoffs.

Kuechly has been making in impact since day one when he stepped into this league from Boston College, and his second year was his best effort yet.

In the entirety of the 2013 season, Kuechly accounted for 156 total tackles and even grabbed himself four interceptions along the way in helping lead the team to a postseason appearance.

While Cam Newton is the unquestioned star of this franchise, you can make a valid argument that Kuechly is undeniably their best player overall. He’s outstanding in pass coverage, great against the run and is the leader of one of the better defensive units in the NFL.

In his short career, he’s already notched 320 tackles in his career with six interceptions, and it’s scary to think that the best from this young man is still to come.

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