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Kuechly received the eighth annual award named for Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott on Sunday night at the Pacific Club. It honors on-field performance and personal character among defensive players.
The 6-foot-3, 237-pound junior from Cincinnati led the nation in tackles each of the past two years. Kuechly already has collected the Butkus and Lombardi awards as the nation’s top linebacker. He is an honor student.
The other finalists were Emmanuel Acho of Texas, Dont’a Hightower of Alabama, and Manti Te’o of Notre Dame.
Boston College will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund. Texas, Alabama and Notre Dame will receive $5,000 apiece.