Love him or hate him, you have to admire the career Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware has forged. He has scratched and clawed his way to All-American status and become the heart and soul of one of the nation’s top defenses.
He leads the Tigers this season with 114 stops and the ACC coaches named him Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He also was named winner of the Jack Lambert Award as the nation’s best linebacker.
Which he thinks he is. Just ask him.
Boulware might remind some of a miniature Brian Bosworth, the former Oklahoma and NFL linebacker who always played with flash and that nasty edge. It’s earned him a reputation, in some parts, of being dirty.
That is something the senior from Anderson adamantly denounces.
Don’t confuse hard football with being dirty as Boulware discussed earlier this week.