Ex-CCU star makes 1st team NFL All-Pro

Mike Tolbert is the first CCU player in history to make the NFL All-Pro team.

Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, and center Ryan Kalil. have been named to the first-team Associated Press NFL All-Pro team.

Tolbert, 28, out of Coastal Carolina accounted for seven touchdowns for the Panthers this season. He is Carolina's short yardage back, and is regarded as one of the top blocking fullbacks in the NFL.

Defensive end Greg Hardy was selected to the second team.

The three first-team selections tied a franchise record for the Panthers, who also had three in 1996.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera walked through the locker room Friday shaking hands with each of the recipients.

Kuechly finished fourth in the league in tackles with 156, had four interceptions and two sacks.

Kuechly says, "It's a good honor but like I always talk about you don't get there by yourself. It's an individual award but it's a representation of the team."

The Panthers (12-4) have a first-round bye this weekend and will host a divisional playoff game Jan. 12.