The Football Writers Association of America has selected their top 75 college football players from 1944 to 2015. Luke Kuechly, who played for Boston College from 2009 to 2011, was nominated as a second team linebacker.
Kuechly has been an award-winning linebacker in college and the pros. While with the Eagles, the 6'3", 235-pounder from Cincinatti, Ohio was a two-time consensus All-American, finishing his collegiate career with a school-record 532 tackles in a mere 38 games. Kuechly holds the NCAA record with 16 tackles per game in a season and is second all-time for career tackles despite only playing college ball for three seasons.
The 2012 ACC Athlete of the Year recorded double-digit tackles 33 games in a row, and in all but four of his collegiate games.
In 2011, his last year in college, Kueckly received a plethora of silverware including ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, the Butkus Award, which is given to the top collegiate linebacker and the Broko Nagurski Trophy guveb ti tge vest defensive player, according to the FWAA.
The linebacker continued his success in the NFL, winning the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013 and being nominated to two All-Pro teams while with the Carolina Panthers.
Kuechly's teammates on the 75th Anniversary team include fellow linebackers Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma and Dick Butkus of Illinois. Tim Tebow is the second team quarterback, with Barary Sanders and Tony Dorsett in the backfield. The full roster was released on the FWAA website.
15 out of the 75 players on the roster were from the ACC, while the Big Ten Conference had the most All-Americans with 19. Nebraska's six representatives on the roster was the most by any school.
A nomination ballot with selected playesr from previous FWAA All-America teams was sent to all 1,400 men and women in the asociation this spring. The selection of All-America teams started back in 1944.
FWAA 75th All-America Committee chariman Kirk Bohls, who writes for the Austin American-Stateman, said on the FWAA website that "This was one of the most fun, yet most difficult excercises I've had in life. Truly, it was an exciting - if not impossible - task to find the best 75 college football players ever."
Bohls also said that people should "save your hate mail, but feel free to weigh in and tell us how we messed up. And I'm sure we did, but no one should argue that it wasn't a great idea to honor the best who have ever played the game. Let the debating begin."