Clemson LB Ben Boulware picks up national defensive honor

With Week 5 of the 2016 college football season in the books, the FWAA has announced Clemson Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.

Boulware earned the honor for his standout performance in the Tigers’ 42-36 victory over the Louisville Cardinals.

The 6-foot, 235-pound senior had a career-high 18 tackles in the game, including three tackles for loss, a sack, one fumble recovery and a deflected pass.

After the game, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had nothing but praise for Boulware.

“He’s just the heart and soul of our defense,” Swinney said. “He’s the epitome of a football player. That guy is a grinder.”

Clemson returns to the field this weekend with a trip to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts for a meeting with Boston College on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Previous winners of the weekly award can be seen below:

  • Weekend of Sept. 3: Justin Evans, Texas A&M
  • Weekend of Sept. 10: Sunia Tauteoli, Utah
  • Weekend of Sept. 17: Steven Taylor, Houston
  • Weekend of Sept. 24: Travon Blanchard, Houston
  • Weekend of Oct. 1: Ben Boulware, Clemson

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