IMG Academy trainee Luke Kuechly continues to live up to the expectations of being a top-10 NFL Draft selection (9th-overall), and leads the NFL in tackles with 130 (79 solo, 51 assist). Today, it was announced that Kuechly earned his first career NFC Player of the Week award after recording 16 tackles (11 solo, 5 assists) in a divisional matchup against the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons. Kuechly was a member of the NFL Pre-Combine/Draft Training program at IMG Academy. The program is led by Director of Football Chris Weinke, and is set to get underway soon to prepare top NFL prospects for the 2013 NFL Combine and Draft. From ESPN's Pat Yaskinskas:
Carolina rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week by the National Football League. Kuechly recorded a career-high 16 tackles in Sunday’s 30-20 victory against Atlanta. Kuechly and the defense held the Falcons scoreless in the first half. Kuechly leads the NFL with three games in which he has recorded at least 15 tackles. No other player has more than one.
Other 2012 rookies who trained with IMG Academy prior to April's Draft included the likes of Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (4th in the NFL with 1,228 yards rushing); Buffalo Bills starting left tackle Cordy Glenn; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (Ranked 7th in the NFL in QB Rating, 94.9); and Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.