The Cliff Harris Award is presented to the top defensive player in the country representing Division II, III and NAIA colleges and universities.

2017 Masthead

 2017 Nominees

                                           DIVISION II
Player Name Class College Position
Andrew Benson SR Assumption College DB
John Cominsky JR Univ. of Charleston (W.Va.) DL
Marvin Conley JR University of West Florida DB
Chasz Cosby SR Saint Augustine's University DL
Kahzin Daniels JR Univ. of Charleston (W.Va.) DL
Adonis Davis JR Florida Tech DL
Dennis Gardeck SR Sioux Falls LB
Kiante Goudeau JR Minot State University DB
Sterling Hammond SR Virginia Union DB
Jonathan Harris JR Lindenwood University DL
Kevin Haynes SR Central Washington University LB
Jamarcus Henderson JR Newberry DL
Zuril Hendrick JR Edinboro University DB
James Hickman SR Saint Augustine's University LB
Luke Hrapchak SR California (PA) LB
Myles Humphrey SR Shepherd University DL
Garrett Jackson JR Adams State DB
Jeremy Jackson SR Arkansas-Monticello DB
Chris Johnson JR University of North Alabama DB
Marcus Jones SR NW Missouri State DB
Markus Jones JR Angelo State DL
Kyle Kitchens SR Catawba LB
Cameron Kohl SR Ohio Dominican University LB
Monteze Latimore SR University of Central Missouri LB
Davondrick Lison JR Southern Arkansas University DL
Tevin Madison SR West Alabama DB
Marcus Martin SR Slippery Rock University DL
Tyler Morrissey JR West Chester LB
Jalen Nelson JR Univ. of Charleston (W.Va.) LB
Blake Nelson SR Colorado Mesa DB
Brandon Payer SO Colorado State-Pueblo LB
Evan Perrizo SR Minnesota State University, Mankato DL
James Prater Jr. JR Ashland University DL
Max Redfield SR Indiana University  (Pa.) DB
Brucks Saathoff JR Texas A&M-Commerce LB
Terry Samuel JR West Alabama LB
Nathan Shepherd SR Fort Hays State University DL
Zach Sieler JR Ferris State University DL
Andrew Spencer SR Winona State DB
Yusef Sterling-Lowe SR Texas A&M-Commerce DB
Sha'Heem Stupart SR Carson-Newman LB
Tavierre Thomas SR Ferris State DB
Osband Thompson SR Tuskegee LB
Landry Tullo SR Delta State University LB
Ryan Weber SR Malone University LB
Austin Weltha SR McKendree University LB
Dean Wenger SR Colorado School of Mines LB
Tershawn Wharton SO Missouri S&T DL
Darius Williams JR Colorado State University-Pueblo DB
La'More Wise SR Northeastern State LB
Cameron Young SO Ft. Valley State University DB
                                            Division III
Player Name Class College Position
Ricco Aaron SO Dean College LB
Haston Adams SR Mary Hardin-Baylor DL
O'Shea Anderson SR Washington & Jefferson College DB
James Bell FR Texas Lutheran University DB
Michael Bianco SO Becker College LB
Peter Casey SR University of Chicago DL
Jason Clayton SO University of Puget Sound DB
Austin Crow SR Heidelberg University DL
Kam Dawtyne SR Aurora University LB
Sean Egan SR Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute DB
Jason Farlow SR Linfield College LB
Chandler Ferko SR Wittenberg College DL
Drew Fitzmorris SR Carnegie Mellon University DB
Max Garrett SR Washington and Lee University LB
Nick Giorgio JR Springfield College DL
Daniel Gonzales SR University of Redlands DB
Joe Granahan JR Franklin & Marshall DL
Chase Greenlee SR Wheaton College (IL) DL
Fred Hargrove SO Otterbein University DB
Jaquan Harris SR Framingham State DB
Jordan Hassan SR Illinois Wesleyan LB
Harry Henschler SO Wisconsin-Whitewater DL
Darin Hungerford SR Kean University LB
Nick Jacobsen SR Wisconsin-River Falls DL
Todd Jeter SR Westminster College DB
Austin Jochum SR University of St. Thomas DL
Andrew Joseph SR Cornell College DL
Michael Joseph SR University of Dubuque DB
Nik Kelly SR Southwestern (TX) University DB
Casey Kerschner SR Widener University DL
Montel Lee SR Ferrum College DL
A.J. LiCata SR Alfred University LB
Mason McKenrick SR John Carroll University LB
Shawn Miller SR Delaware Valley University DB
Brandon Morris JR Wesleyan University LB
javon Muhammad JR MacMurray College DL
Jason Nieradka SR Brevard College LB
Tyler Olson SR Central College LB
Ty Parsons SR East Texas Baptist University LB
Jordan Powell JR Widener University DB
Austin Pyka SR Chapman University DL
Charles Riga JR George Fox University LB
Mike Riley JR Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology DL
Noah Risch SR University of Wisconsin-La Crosse LB
Kyle Schultz SR Monmouth College LB
Niles Scott SR Frostburg State DL
Ryan Slager JR Grinnell College LB
Micam Smith SR Monmouth College DB
Mamadou Soumahoro SR Berry College DL
Dustin Tripp SR Alma College DL
Patrick Vidal SR The Catholic University of America DL
Skyler Williamson SR St. Lawrence University LB
Marcus Winters JR Trine University DB
Andrew Yamin JR Amherst College LB
Zach Ziemba SR Plymouth State DB
Player Name Class College Position
Dedric Allen SR Missouri Valley DL
Michal Arenas SR Eastern Oregon University LB
King Arthur SR University of St. Francis (IL) DB
Curt Boeke JR Dakota State (S.D.) DL
Resean Coleman SO William Penn University DL
Tyson Cooper JR Southern Oregon Uniuversity LB
Josh Evans SR Evangel University DL
Keenan Fagan JR Rocky Mountain College DB
Jamarae Finnie SR Langston University DL
Tim Hamilton SR Friends (Kan.) University DL
Piercen Harnish JR University of St. Francis LB
Tucker Johnson SR Carroll College DB
Josh Kock SR Baker (Kan.) University DL
Tevin McCoy JR Reinhardt (Ga.) University DL
Tionte McDaniel SO St. Xavier University DB
Caden McDonald SR Morningside College LB
Nate Moore SR College of Idaho DB
Trent Mueller JR Lindsey Wilson College LB
Michael Nealy SR Wayland Baptist LB
Andrew O'Hara JR Concordia University Ann Arbor LB
Cameron Oshodi SR Georgetown College DL
Chris Overton SR St. Ambrose University DL
Darius Price SR Siena Heights University DB
Tarance Roby SR Concordia University Nebraska DB
Josh Schulte SR Southeastern University LB
Thomas Sease SR Dickinson State (N.D.) LB
Evan Sprayberry JR Tabor College DL
Xavier Story JR Lyon College DB
Garrett Updegraft SR Kansas Wesleyan LB
Shaquille Well SR Grand View University DL
Tomunci Whitfield SR Southwestern College DB
Cole Wiseman SR Doane University DB


Cliff Harris

Cliff Harris Award Selection Committee represents:

  • 45 Super Bowl appearances
  • 54 Pro Bowl appearances
  • 39 All-Pro selections
  • 4 inductees of the NFL Hall of Fame
  • 3 inductees of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • 6 Members of the Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • Heisman Trophy Winner & Super Bowl MVP
  • College National Championship

Cliff Harris Selection Committee

  • Roger Staubach
  • Lee Roy Jordan
  • Walt Garrison
  • Gene Stallings
  • Jackie Smith
  • Drew Pearson
  • Rayfield Wright
  • Everson Walls
  • Charlie Waters
  • Bill Bates
  • Gil Brandt
  • Mel Renfro
  • Jim Hart
  • Cliff Harris

5 Time Super Bowl Safety & 6 Time Pro Bowler Cliff Harris on the Cliff Harris Award

harris-action-3"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to recognize the most outstanding defensive players from small colleges across the country. As a small college player myself, I always understood that recognition and respect for outstanding play was more difficult to attain compared to players from larger schools. Because of this I relied on perserverance and mental toughness to help me play my best even when it wasn't recognized. This enabled me to succeed at every level including the NFL and five Super Bowls. I'm honored that this award looks to recognize those players that may not receive the acknowledgement and accolades deserved because they represent small colleges. My hope is that the award will provide these players with added confidence and the appropriate distinction of being one of the best defensive players in the country regardless of the level of football they play."

"I'm proud to represent youth, high school and small college football in Arkansas and have tremendous memories of my time spent in Hot Springs, Des Arc and at Ouachita Baptist University. I'm also extremely proud of my time spent with the Dallas Cowboys and to have such an amazing selection committee representing some of the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game. I want to thank the Little Rock Touchdown Club, my friends and family and the people of Arkansas for their support in honoring through this award, the best defensive players from small colleges across the nation."