Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
By the end of the 2012 season, Carolina's Luke Kuechly is going to be one of the top candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
And he's going to have a monster game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get his rookie campaign going strong.
Kuechly has a nose for the ball. It's been evident thus far in training camp and during the preseason that he's going to be one of the top linebackers in the entire NFL before too long.
He'll see plenty of opportunities to make plays against the Bucs.
Greg Schiano has made it clear that his plan for the Bucs offense is to run the ball. Kuechly will be there to greet fellow rookie Doug Martin in the hole a few times, and it'll be interesting to see which one of them wins those battles.
Kuechly will make at least eight tackles and break up at least one pass.