Boulware named to Preseason Butkus Watch List

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Boulware named to Preseason Butkus Watch List

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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