Boulware on pace to outperform Anthony's senior season


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Clemson junior linebacker Ben Boulware has helped lead Clemson's defense to a perfect 6-0 record heading into this weekend's road matchup against the Miami Hurricanes.

All football offseason, national media-pundits, and fans alike wondered if Clemson's defense would be able to replace the likes of NFL defenders Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony, Grady Jarett and others.

Pro Football Focus dove into several football data metrics and Boulware has outperformed Anthony in several key factors through the half point of their respective seasons (Anthony's senior season and Boulware's junior season) with the Tigers.

"Largely a backup player in 2014, junior linebacker Ben Boulware finally earned a starting role this year for the Clemson Tigers. Boulware had to bide his time behind a standout linebacker in Stephone Anthony, who would eventually go on to be drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints," PFF stated. "Boulware has taken advantage of every additional snap as a full-time starter, playing his way to a PFF overall grade of +17.6 (third-best among 4-3 outside linebackers), compared to Anthony’s +8.1 rating at this point last year. Though Anthony had a stellar season of his own in 2014, Boulware has outperformed him in several key statistical categories."

Boulware has been tough against the run and has had several key quarterback pressures this season.

"The greatest difference between the two players can be seen in their run defense, where Boulware’s +11.1 run grade and 10.3 run stop percentage far surpass Anthony’s +2.3 and 3.6 percent ratings, respectively," PFF said. "Lastly, despite his lack of sacks so far this year, Boulware has been far more productive as a pass rusher, collecting 10 total pressures versus only two for Anthony. Clemson may have lost a star linebacker to the draft last year, but it seems they’ve found another in Boulware."

Boulware has 37 tackles, ten quarterback pressures, four pass deflections and an interception on the season.

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FB Update: Boulware on pace to outperform Anthony's senior season
TigerNet News
To be fair Anthony had a better D line
NorthAlabamaTiger
To be completely fair.
ClemsonTiger1988®
We are blitzing to get pressure
NorthAlabamaTiger
Seems to me he's always around the ball, disrupting
Smiling Tiger®
Agreed. He is also very good at getting off or running
attheesso®
Re: Agreed. He is also very good at getting off or running
Clemsonhitter®
Re: To be fair Anthony had a better D line
tgre
Think our defensive line is better overall, but less speed
Chuckston T-Man
Off week will do this to a lady***
TigerTown
Re: FB Update: Boulware on pace to outperform Anthony's senior season
CFord1409
Definitely agree
Bleedorange09
Re: Definitely agree
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: FB Update: Boulware on pace to outperform Anthony's senior season
MyfavOrange®
When asked who he most impressed with after the UA
SOLOS®
Re: When asked who he most impressed with after the UA
Salty55
Athlete second, football player first... if that makes sense***
SOLOS®
entirely... except for people who only see athletes....***
epifunny
37 Tackles? They must be referring to Solos
svaughan
Just a tad shy of the big 60... I've lost a step. That said,
SOLOS®
Re: FB Update: Boulware on pace to outperform Anthony's senior season
jsebe10®
B-ware...
Tiger Quads®
Boulwaring lead blockers is his forte...***
SOLOS®
Re: FB Update: Boulware on pace to outperform Anthony's senior season
Tigerbrick28
Ben's an amazing player but I will say Stephone was a bit
MB93Tiger®

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