When Luke Kuechly left the Eagles for the NFL after his junior season, he exited as perhaps the most decorated linebacker in Boston College history.
The three-time All-American finished three seasons in Chestnut Hill with a BC- and ACC-record 532 tackles, then won the Lombardi Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Butkus Award before getting drafted ninth overall by Carolina. Then, Kuechly piled up enough tackles to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Kuechly obviously left some big shoes to fill, but the Eagles haven't exactly been hurting for talent at linebacker without him.
Last week, Kevin Pierre-Louis was named to the Nagurski watch list. The speedy outside linebacker finished fourth on the team in tackles in 2012.
On Monday, the linebacker who finished second on the team in tackles with 92 (behind Nick Clancy's 145), Steele Divitto, was named to his second watch list as he was included on the initial Butkus Award list. (He was previously included on the Lott trophy list.)
The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder may be in line for a big season, with new defensive coordinator Don Brown and new head coach Steve Addazio preaching an attacking defense in 2013. Then there's also the fact the Eagles don't exactly have an overabundance of proven talent on the defensive line.
BC may never produce another Kuechly, who is a unique talent. But if the past is prologue, there will be bunches of tackles to be spread around among BC's linebackers this season.
If the watch list love is any indication, it appears the Eagles have players talented enough to take advantage of those opportunities.