Luke Kuechly was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.
Panthers LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL in tackles with 164 this season.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera strongly suggested that Luke Kuechly will man the middle when Jon Beason returns next season.
Panthers rookie Luke Kuechly has recorded 34 tackles (21 solo) in two games as the middle linebacker.
Luke Kuechly racked up 11 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup in the Panthers' Week 5 loss to the Seahawks.
Panthers first-round WLB Luke Kuechly has been making big plays "virtually every practice since the start of camp."
Two Panthers sources confirmed to Profootballtalk's Darin Gantt that the Panthers will not switch to a 3-4 defense this season.
The Associated Press' Steve Reed disputes NFL.com's report that the Panthers are switching from a 4-3 to 3-4 base defense.
According to NFL.com's Michael Lombardi, the Panthers are switching to a 3-4 defense.
Panthers first-rounder Luke Kuechly took the majority of his reps during OTAs and minicamp at middle linebacker.
First-round pick Luke Kuechly will begin his Panthers career at weak-side linebacker.
Panthers agreed to terms with No. 9 overall pick LB Luke Kuechly on a four-year, $12.58 million contract.
The Panthers haven't decided which linebacker position will be Luke Kuechly's in 2012.
Panthers selected Boston College LB Luke Kuechly with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.