DALLAS (FWAA) – Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers’ 42-36 victory over Louisville last Saturday night.
Boulware, a 6-0, 235-pound senior from Anderson, S.C., posted a career-high 18 tackles in the ACC Atlantic Division showdown. He had three tackles for loss, including a sack, recovered a fumble and deflected a pass. Eight of his tackles were unassisted.
“He’s just the heart and soul of our defense,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “He’s
the epitome of a football player. That guy is a grinder.”
Boulware is already on the Bronko Nagurski Watch List. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Thurs., Nov. 17. The winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2016 FWAA All-America Team.
The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association’s entire membership, selects a 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists. The committee members then select the winner as the best defensive player in college football.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Mon., Dec. 5, at the Charlotte Convention Center. In addition to the 2016 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner’s announcement, the banquet will celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, sponsored by the CTC and Florida East Coast Railway. Navy’s Chet Moeller, a member of the FWAA’s 1975 All-America Team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.
2016 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 3: Justin Evans, Texas A&M
• Weekend of Sept. 10: Sunia Tauteoli, Utah
• Weekend of Sept. 17: Steven Taylor, Houston
• Weekend of Sept. 24: Travon Blanchard, Houston
• Weekend of Oct. 1: Ben Boulware, Clemson