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Luke Kuechly named top NFL rookie defender

Vikings’ Peterson wins twice, including MVP

NEW ORLEANS — Linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina’s tackling machine, was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday night.

Kuechly, a first-round pick from Boston College, led the league with 164 tackles. He moved to middle linebacker five games into the season and the Panthers went from 24th in the league in defense to 10th.

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