Kuechly future at BC uncertain
Luke Kuechly will not be part of the festivities for the Boston College seniors tomorrow at Alumni Stadium against North Carolina State for a simple reason. The 6-foot-3 inch, 235-pound All-America middle linebacker has one more year of eligibility left.
Whether Kuechly returns next season is an ongoing question. Most mock projections of next spring’s NFL Draft have Kuechly as a first-round selection.
Whether that is enough to entice Kuechly to turn pro remains to be seen. When asked about it this week, Kuechly said his vision was only on the next three weeks, not the next three months. He must decide his future at BC by January.
“I haven’t thought about it all,’’ said Kuechly.’’ People over the past week have brought it up, asking what’s your plans. We’ve got three games left to play. That’s enough to worry about. We got three great teams starting with N.C. State. If I start focusing on stuff that’s down the road, you are going to lose sight of what we need to do win.’’
Steele Divitto, who has moved into the starting spot at strong side linebacker next to Kuechly, is emerging as another potential star.
For Divitto, who came from a high school team (Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey) that won a national championship and is currently the No. 1-ranked high school team in the country, being part of a team with a losing record (the Eagles are 2-7) is a unique experience.
“Never been on a losing team,’’ said Divitto. “We won a national championship in Pee Wee, too. [We won] in all sports.’’
But Divitto is maintaining a positive attitude.
“You can’t put your head down and say, ah shucks. That’s what losers do. You can talk about potential all you want, but we have the potential to be an unbelievable ball club. But you need that motivation. You look at every day to get better.’’
“Steele is becoming more comfortable at his position,’’ said Kuechly. “And when you are comfortable at your position you have more confidence. He’s playing better, making more plays. He has a better concept of what others are doing around him. He’s doing his job.’’
Mark Blaudschun can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.