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

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2016 Cliff Harris Award Nominees

Division II

Player Name PositionClassCollege
LuckyBaarDLSRMcKendree University
DominicBarryLBJRWestern New Mexico University
BeauBatesLBSRUniversity of Minnesota Duluth
ConnerBaysDBSRSW Oklahoma State University
CollinBevinsDLSRNW Missouri State
TrevonBiglowDLSRHarding
ZacharyBlairLBSRUVa-Wise
JayBoydDBFRTusculum College
C.J.BroussardDBSRAzusa Pacific University
L'KeithBrownLBJRTusculum College
CodyBurtscherLBSRTarleton State University
KevinChappleLBSRLock Haven University
JaredChesterDBJRLIU Post
TylerConditLBSRUniversity of New Haven
SieDoe, Jr.DLSRFort Hays State University
DylanDonahueDLSRWest Georgia University
RobDuryLBSRUniversity of Indianapolis
BillyEakinsDBSROhio Dominican University
BryantFrazierDLSRVirginia State
BrandonGencyLBSRAshland University
ConnorHarrisLBSRLindenwood University
DrewHebelDBSOBlack Hills State
JordanHerdmanLBSRSimon Fraser University
JoshHillDLSRMerrimack College
AllenHolmanLBSRShippensburg University
BrandonJonesDLSOTexas A&M-Kingsville
MichaelKelsoDLSOColorado School of Mines
KyleKitchensLBJRCatawba College
TykeKozealLBSRUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney
MarcusMartinDLJRSlippery Rock University
MichaelMehlingLBSRUniversity of Sioux Falls
CamMontgomeryDBSRWayne State College
JeremyMooreDLSRWestern Oregon
SidneyOmamehDESRGrand Valley State
Danny OmoregieDTSRAmerican International
KevinPharaonDLSRWest Virginia Wesleyan College
QuincyRedmonDLJRFairmont State University
Whitney RichardsonDLJRLane College
DustinRivasDBJRColorado Mesa University
BrucksSaathoffLBSOTexas A&M-Commerce
TovarSanchezDLSRCentral Washington University
ZachSielerDLSOFerris State University
JoshuaSimmonsDBJRLimestone College
RyanSlagerLBSOGrinnell College
DavidSmithLBJRMorehouse
AaronTerryDBSRCalifornia University of Pennsylvania
CarloThomasDBJRJohnson C. Smith
OsbandThompsonLBJRTuskegee University
Jacob VollstedtLBSRNorthwest Missouri State
BrianWalkerDBSRFt.Valley State University
AJWentlandLBSRMcKendree University
RaheemWilsonDBSRSoutheastern Oklahoma State

Division III

Player Name PositionClassCollege
MichaelAladaDBSRSt. Thomas
CalebAshbyLBSRWheaton College
MattBarnesLBSRMonmouth College
JustinBroussardDLSRSouthwestern University
ChyronBrown-WallaceDLSRSt. Lawrence University
KyleBurchettLBSRHiram College
ColeBurdetteDLSRRandolph-Macon College
DarrenCallanLBSRCastleton University
JacobCoonLBSOWashington University St. Louis
ByronCooperDLSRWidener University
AustinCrowDLJRHeidelberg University
ReeseDziedzicLBSRUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
SamEdouardDLJRWestern New England Univ.
NickEgersdorfDLSRMacalester College
JohnFeasterDBSRMuhlenberg College
IsaacFrazierDLSRSimpson College
AlexGreenidgeLBSRRPI
CalvinHarridgeLBSRLoras College
DonavanHaydenLBSRBethany College
DustinHolmesLBSRWittenberg University
ShayneKaminskiLBJRWesleyan University
BrianKhouryDLSRCarnegie Mellon University
JarrettLecasDBSRBenedictine University
JDLeisemannDLJRWisconsin Lutheran College
ThomasLesniewskiDLSOMonmouth College
A.J.LiCataLBJRAlfred University
JustinMadarDLSROlivet College
ZachMatterDBSRCentral College
MarshallMcCarthyLBSRMassachusetts Maritime Academy
HeathMccrayDLSRHuntingdon
Me'LeickMilesDLJRTrine University
ShawnMillerDBJRDelaware Valley University
NicholasMorrowDBSRGreenville College
BaylorMullinsDBSRUniversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor
BrianMurtaughLBSRWorcester Polytechnic Institute
LukePackardDLSRTrinity (TX) University
JackPerezLBSRPacific (Oregon)
ZackRobersonDLJRSul Ross State
BenSchulzLBSRMarantha Baptist University
WilliamSewellDLSRFrostburg State
MalikSimsDBSRShenandoah University
RyanSlagerLBSOGrinnell University
TeidrickSmithDLSRMary Hardin-Baylor
RyanSnedekerDLSRWashington & Jefferson College
MamadouSoumahoroDLJRBerry College
DylanStapletonDBSRCoe College
JordanStoneDLSRWesleyan University
BrandonTamsettDLSRWisconsin-Whitewater
AustinTennesseeDBSRStevenson University
AlecThompsonDBJRRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
JackTonerDBSRJohns Hopkins
JakobTrautweinLBJRCastleton University
CoryWardLBSRHardin-Simmons University
LukeWashburnDLJRHusson University
Marcus WintersDBSOTrine University
AustinYoungDLSRUniversity of Wisconsin-Platteville
IsaacZickafooseDLSOBluffton University

NAIA

Player Name PositionClassCollege
OmarAqelLBSRUniversity of St. Francis (IL)
CainBoscheeDBSODickinson State
JeffBranchDLSRPresentation College
TimothyClaytonDBSRArizona Christian University
AaronCooperLBSRKentucky Christian
DillonDittemoreDLSRMarian University
JavierDyerDLJRReinhardt University
JoshEvansLBJREvangel
LukeGibbsDLJRMorningside College
NickHolshoeDBSRConcordia University Ann Arbor
NathanJerniganLBSRCumberland University
DontayeJohnsonLBSRRobert Morris (IL)
GunnarKayserDBSRMontana Tech
JoshKockDLSRBaker University
Robert "Alden"MannLBSRWayland Baptist University
JustinManningLBFRCampbellsville University
NicholasMcBeainLBSRValley City State University
NateMooreDBSRCollege of Idaho
TraeParkerDBSRLindenwood University
ColePotterDLSRDakota State (S.D.)
Da'vontePriceDBJRSiena Heights University
KyRandallSmithLBSRUniversity of St. Mary's
TimSmithDLSRUniversity of St. Francis (IL)
LucasSparksDLSRSt. Francis (Ind.)
EvanSprayberryDLSOTabor College
TravisSteensonLBSOMcPherson (Kan.) College
NoeyTauaveDLSRDickinson State (N.D.)
StephenThayerLBSRMissouri Valley College
SamVan GinkelDLSRNorthwestern College
SergeVitaDLSRUnion College
TravisWhiteDBJRWayland Baptist University
DarrainWinstonDBSRBaker University

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
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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."