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Kuechly honored yet again

BC linebacker named AP first team All-American

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / December 15, 2011
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Frank Spaziani was only joking.

“Luke is going to have to build a new wing on his house,’’ the Boston College football coach said after accompanying his junior linebacker earlier this week to Charlotte, N.C., where Kuechly was presented with the Nagurski Award as college football’s defensive player of the year.

That was a day after Kuechly had been in California to accept the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which came after he had been in Houston to pick up the Lombardi Award, which was after he had been voted a first team All-American by the college football writers for the second consecutive year, which was after he had been presented with the Butkus Award.

Yesterday, to the surprise of almost no one, Kuechly was named first team All-American by the Associated Press for the second consecutive season. Only the coaches snubbed Kuechly as a first-team All-American.

“He’s just an amazing person and player,’’ Spaziani said yesterday. “What can I say that hasn’t been said before? Luke is deserving of all these awards. I will say this though, I hope Luke is back here next year so he can repeat all of these awards.’’

Kuechly is on a team dominated by top-ranked LSU and second-ranked Alabama, which had three and four first-teamers, respectively.

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor was joined by Heisman finalists Tyrann Mathieu of LSU, Montee Ball of Wisconsin, and Trent Richardson of Alabama on the first team. Stanford’s Andrew Luck was named to the second team.

Mathieu and Morris Claiborne were the first cornerback teammates to make AP’s first team.

Kuechly was back on campus yesterday, in the middle of final exams, before heading home for the holidays to Ohio, where he will discuss his future with his family.

He hopes to announce whether he will return for his senior season or enter the NFL draft shortly after Christmas. Players have until mid-January to declare for the draft.

“It’s been an interesting few weeks,’’ Kuechly said yesterday. “I got to meet a lot of cool people, but now I’m ready to slow it down for a while.’’

Kuechly indicated he still hasn’t focused on what he will do beyond this semester. “We’ll just see what happens,’’ he said.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Mark Blaudschun can be reached at blaudschun@globe.com.

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