Brad Senkiw of the Independent Mail reported Tuesday that Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware has been named the FWAA/Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.
The senior was all over the field in the Tigers’ 42-36 win over then-No. 3 Louisville, racking up 18 tackles (three for loss) along with a sack and a pass defended. He also got into a scrum with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson following a tackle, for which he later apologized.
On the season, Boulware now has 38 total tackles to go along with a forced fumble and an interception. He emerged as one of the nation’s best linebackers last season as a junior after spending most of his first two seasons with the Tigers contributing on special teams. Boulware recorded 45 tackles with three sacks and two interceptions last season in helping Clemson get all the way to the National Championship Game, where they would go on to lose to Alabama.
Clemson, now ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll, is off to a 5-o start on the heels of their impressive victory over Louisville. They have just one game remaining this season against a team ranked in the top 25, coming up on October 29 against No. 23 Florida State. The Tigers toppled the Seminoles 23-13 in their meeting last season.
Junior quarterback Deshaun Watson was the offensive star for Clemson against Louisville, completing 20 of his 31 throws for 306 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also carried the ball 14 times for another 91 yards.
Clemson will head to Boston College to take on the 3-2 Eagles this Friday.