Quick hits with Ben Boulware

CLEMSON - Ben Boulware's play during Clemson's win over Louisville has everybody talking. Can he do it again this week?

You put up big numbers against Louisville last weekend Ben. How do you think you played?
Boulware: I think played decent. I made a couple of mistakes that are very correctable. It wasn't a perfect game. I'm trying to get better everyday. But other than the couple of mistakes I think I played pretty decent.

How much fun was it for you to out there and contribute finally the way you are capable of?
Boulware: It's a lot of fun when your prepared and you're out there and you know what you are doing and you're confident in your ability and your game plan. It's a lot of fun. I've been out there on the opposite side of the spectrum and it's like 'holy crap - I don't know what I'm doing.' I put in a lot of work last year but not in the film room. A lot of times last year I was nervous as crap because I didn't know what I was doing.

I was just playing ball. (But Saturday) I was really confident. I've never been in the film room as much as I was last week and been in my playbook. And I was annoying Venables last week with how many questions I was asking and stuff. It was a lot of fun.

Venables mentioned that you were annoying him because you were asking so many questions. What was that like?
Boulware: Well I didn't want to mess up the opportunity. Whenever I had a chance to ask him a question, I wanted to make sure I knew what was going on. I didn't want the situation coming up in the game and I didn't know what I was doing. You guys know that he's a very intimidating guy to be around. He could say I'm stupid or whatever I didn't care. I didn't want to out there and look dumb.

What did Venables say to you afterwards?
Boulware: He said he was proud of me. He congratulated me. But he didn't want me to get a big head about it. He's not one that is going to give you a lot of praise and I don't want that. He said I played pretty good. That's really all I wanted.

Did you take in the atmosphere and think about what was going on?
Boulware: Every single game I've played in that first play you are always so nervous. The first play you are always looking around and taking everything in and thinking to yourself, 'man there is a crap ton of people here. This is ridiculous.' But after that first play and after that first contact the crowd isn't a factor. It's hard to say this when there's 86,000 people there, but after that first play you are so zoned out that crowd doesn't become a factor at all (for concentration).

Was it easier to be more in 'attack mode' last week with your increased knowledge and film study?
Boulware: I'm thinking more as far as the different things that can happen with each formation. I'm putting two and two together thinking 'this is what I'm going to do." But my mind isn't racing. So I'm confident in what I'm doing. So yes.

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