Joseph ready to lead defense in his own way

Clemson linebacker Kendall Joseph said it is weird when he looks over to his right and does not see Ben Boulware there. Of course Boulware is in Indianapolis, Ind. this week participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, while Joseph and the Tigers began spring practice on Wednesday behind the Allen Reeves Football Complex.

“It is going to weird for sure,” Joseph said. “I still talk to him all the time. I’m just ready to see what he is going to do and where he is at. It’s going to be weird, but I’m close to all the linebackers so we know somebody is going to step up and be the next guy to go to. So we will adapt.”

Joseph returns as the Tigers’ top tackler after recording 124 tackles and a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss last year. The junior says he is ready to step and be the defense’s new leader, but he says it will be in his own way.

“I need to step up and be more vocal, but I have always been a ‘lead by example’ type of guy and that will never change, but I will not try to be Ben Boulware,” he said. “I need to be myself. I need to step up and be a little more vocal so I know I will be.”


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