Kuechly looks to shut down FSU … by himself


Luke Kuechly, making one of his gazillion tackles

In front of a national crowd tonight on ESPN, Florida State will try to build to a winning streak that hasn’t had many hard-hitting opponents yet. That will all change when the Seminoles face off against one player in particular that has been playing about as well as anyone in the nation.

Meet Luke Kuechly, a junior linebacker.

Kuechly leads the Boston College defense with 130 tackles, which is tops in the nation. Believe it or not, he has 14 tackles more than Akron’s Brian Wagner, who is second with 116.

The star has doubled up his teammates, with 65 tackles more than anyone else on BC’s defensive unit. That, my friends, is absolutely unreal.

So is it legitimate?

There are plenty of skeptics out there, including some members of Tallahassee’s media. Admittedly, I haven’t seen BC play this season (not like they’ve been on tv much for me to have that opportunity), but the number is absolutely absurd. 130 tackles in eight games? That’s an average of over 16 tackles per game.

A few members of the national media have stated their excitement to attend this game tonight and see if all the hype is really worth it with Kuechly. If he’s as good as the stats suggest, the kid appears to be a shoo-in for All-American. If the ‘Noles expose him tonight, then it will be interesting to see if there’s any fallout from all the build-up.

I mean, 68 of those 130 tackles are solo, so almost half of his tackles came with the help of his teammates. He’s on pace for about 200 tackles — pardon me for being a nay-sayer, but that seems too good to be true.

Let’s all keep an eye on Boston College’s No. 40 tonight and see if he’s the magic man that he’s being touted to be in Chestnut Hill.