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Ben Boulware
Player Profile:
Ben Boulware 1084538
Position: LB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: Anderson, S.C.
High School: T.L. Hanna HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Senior linebacker who transitioned into a starting role in 2015 after serving as Clemson’s top backup in 2014 ... has 221 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, four sacks, four interceptions, 29 quarterback pressures, eight pass breakups, three caused fumbles and three recovered fumbles in 1,249 snaps over 39 games (17 starts) in his career ... first Tiger in 24 years with a pick-six in a bowl game when he had one against Oklahoma in 2014 ... preseason first-team All-American by ESPN the Magazine and Sporting News ... rated the No. 8 preseason outside linebacker in the nation by Lindy’s.

2015: Honorable mention All-American according to Sports Illustrated ... first-team All-ACC (coaches) ... second-team All-ACC (media) ... All-ACC Academic Team selection ... second-leading tackler on the team with 138 ... started all 15 games, with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks ... led the team with 29 quarterback pressures ... third with seven pass breakups ... a disruptive player, he led the Tigers with three caused fumbles ... opened the season strong, with nine tackles in a 49-10 win over Wofford ... credited with six quarterback pressures against Appalachian State, and was named defensive player-of-the-game by the coaches ... tallied two pass breakups and nine tackles in the win at Louisville ... notched 12 tackles, a pass breakup, caused fumble and quarterback pressure against Notre Dame ... shared coaches player-of-the-game honors defensively against Georgia Tech after posting 11 tackles ... again earned coaches player-of-the-game honor against Boston College, this time after a 13-tackle performance ... posted team-high 13 tackles and first sack of the season at NC State ... followed with another team-high 14 tackles in win over Florida State, including crucial stop on fourth-and-1 late ... forced a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Seminoles as well ... posted 13 stops at Syracuse ... had a caused fumble and 2.5 tackles for loss (including 1.5 sacks) in home finale versus Wake Forest ... suffered a shoulder stinger in that win, but played through the pain in wins over South Carolina and North Carolina ... named defensive Most Valuable Player in the Capital One Orange Bowl after recording an interception in the fourth quarter, to go along with a sack, in the win over Oklahoma ... posted six tackles in the National Championship Game.

2014: Had 58 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, six quarterback pressures, one pass breakup, a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown and two recovered fumbles in 326 snaps over 13 games (two starts) ... had four tackles in 18 snaps at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30 ... had three tackles in 31 snaps against SC State on Sept. 6 ... had four tackles in 16 snaps against North Carolina on Sept. 27 ... had a team-high 12 tackles, a game-high three tackles for loss and one sack in 59 snaps against Louisville on Oct. 11; it was his first career start; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game ... had three tackles and a key pass breakup on the Eagles’ last drive of the game in 31 snaps at Boston College on Oct. 18 ... had three tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a team-tying-high three quarterback pressures in 34 snaps at Wake Forest on Nov. 6 ... had seven tackles in 27 snaps at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had a team-tying-high 10 tackles and one tackle for loss in 27 snaps against Georgia State on Nov. 22 ... had four tackles and a recovered fumble in 23 snaps against South Carolina on Nov. 29 ... had a team-tying-high six tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a recovered fumble and a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown against No. 24 Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

2013: All-ACC Academic selection ... ACC Academic Honor Roll member ... had 25 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception for one yard in 73 snaps over 11 games ... has seven special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team ... had three tackles in 24 snaps against SC State on Sept. 7 ... had five tackles and a one-yard interception return in 15 snaps against Wake Forest on Sept. 28; named team special teams player-of-the-game ... had four tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in 15 snaps at Virginia on Nov. 2 ... had two special teams tackles against Georgia Tech on Nov. 14 ... had nine tackles and one tackle for loss in 19 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 23 ... No. 18 linebacker signee in the nation in the preseason by Athlon.

Before Clemson: Rated as No. 78 player in the nation by ESPN ... No. 3 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 1 player in South Carolina by ESPN ... No. 1 player in South Carolina by Scout.com ... No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 2 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... No. 182 player in the nation, No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 3 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.com ... finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina ... made a big move with his performance in practice and during the Under Armour All-American game; was named game captain for his team; had three tackles for loss and an interception ... had 174 tackles and four tackles for loss as a senior at T.L. Hanna High School ... had 178 tackles and four sacks as a junior ... had 151 tackles 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and four interceptions as a sophomore ... had 89 tackles and five tackles for loss as a freshman ... had 592 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 12 caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles and 10 pass breakups in his career as a four-year starter ... had 17 kickoff returns for 364 yards ... defensive MVP for the victorious South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl; had a game-high nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for losses, one interception and a recovered fumble ... two-time all-state and all-region selection ... two-year captain and team defensive MVP ... all-state baseball player as a junior ... coached by Kenya Fouch at T.L. Hanna High School ... recruited by Chad Morris.

Personal: His brother, Garrett, was a catcher and outfielder at Clemson (2012-14) and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 16th round in 2014; was a career .295 hitter with 30 doubles, 12 homers and 82 RBIs in 150 games ... majoring in pre-business ... born Aug. 7, 1994.

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