Boulware really impressed by Jackson

Oct 1, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tucker Israel (10) reacts after getting a sack during the third quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware spoke with the media after his huge 18 tackle game in the Tigers’ 42-36 victory over Louisville on Saturday.

The senior, who was named as the ACC Player of the Week on Monday and took home national honors, had three tackles for loss, including a sack, recovered a fumble and deflected a pass in the solid all-around effort.

Eight of Boulware’s tackles were solo stops.

Q: How was the feeling of a huge matchup and having the defense on your shoulders?

Boulware: “Yeah I kind of had that feeling. I started thinking of Notre Dame and I was like we’re gonna find a way to win. We were sloppy and there’s a lot of things that need correcting but I’m very proud of my guys. They showed a lot of maturity and we just kept fighting. We found a way to win.”

Q: What about Jackson?

Boulware: “He’s a freak. I was very confident going in that our scheme would shut him down, but hats off to that dude. He’s a freak athlete and he exposed us in some areas. It’s hard to stop him. A lot of times we had good leverage on him and he just out ran us or he made a play. He’s probably the best player I’ve ever played against.”

Q: Would you ever want to play him again?

Boulware: “Hell no! He made it so difficult for us in that game I could really see his heart.”

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