Panthers LB Luke Kuechly easily wins Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS FS Carolinas
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Linebacker
Carolina's tackling machine, has won the Associated Press 2012 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Kuechly, a first-round pick from Boston College, led the league with 164 tackles. He began the season on the outside but moved to middle linebacker five games into the season and the
Panthers went from 24th in the league in overall defense to 10th.
He earned 28 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. That easily outdistanced Seattle LB
Bobby Wagner with 11.