Boulware named to Preseason Butkus Watch List


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Clemson, S.C.—Clemson senior linebacker Ben Boulware has been named to the Watch List for the 2016 Butkus Award. The honor is presented each year to the top linebacker in college football and is named in honor of former Illinois All-American and NFL All Pro Dick Butkus.

Boulware was second on the Clemson team in tackles last year with 138. He added eight tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, had two interceptions and a team best 23 quarterback pressures. Active in pass coverage, the native of Anderson, S.C. also had seven passes broken up.

Boulware had an interception and 11 tackles against Oklahoma in the semifinal game of the College Football Playoff at the Orange Bowl. Boulware was named the Defensive MVP of the game. It marked the second consecutive year he had an interception in a bowl game against the Sooners, a first for a Clemson linebacker.

For his career, Boulware has 221 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and four interception returns for 63 yards. He also has three caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Butkus Award Watch List

Ryan Anderson, University of Alabama
Kendall Beckwith, Louisiana State University
Vince Biegel, University of Wisconsin
Dante Booker, The Ohio State University
Ben Boulware, Clemson University
Tyus Bowser, University of Houston
Richie Brown, Mississippi State University
Riley Bullough, Michigan State University
Jason Cabinda, Penn State University
Jeff Camilli, Fresno State University
Lorenzo Carter, University of Georgia
Jermaine Carter, University of Maryland
Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt University
Kevin Davis, Colorado State University
Jarrad Davis, University of Florida
Nick DeLuca, North Dakota State University
Brooks Ellis, University of Arkansas
Jordan Evans, University of Oklahoma
Devonte' Fields, University of Louisville
Salamo Fiso, Arizona State University
Reuben Foster, University of Alabama
T.J. Holloman, University of South Carolina
Travin Howard, Texas Christian University
Shane Huber, University of Massachusetts
Malik Jefferson, University of Texas
Josey Jewell, University of Iowa
Peter Kalambayi, Stanford University
Harvey Kangi, Brigham Young University
Keith Kelsey, University of Louisville
Micah Kiser, University of Virginia
Elijah Lee, Kansas State University
Raekwon McMillan, The Ohio State University
Matt Milano, Boston College
Charmeachealle Moore, Kansas State University
Nyles Morgan, University of Notre Dame
Calvin Munson, San Diego State University
Hardy Nickerson, University of Illinois
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, University of Tennessee
T.J. Ricks, Old Dominion University
Auggie Sanchez, University of South Florida
Michael Scherer, University of Missouri
Cameron Smith, University of Southern California
Steven Taylor, University of Houston
Austin Valdez, Bowling Green University
Tanner Vallejo, Boise State University
Azeem Victor, University of Washington
Anthony Walker, Northwestern University
Nyeem Warman-White, Penn State University
Tim Williams, University of Alabama
Eric Wilson, University of Cincinnati
Taylor Young, Baylor University

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