2014 Cliff Harris Award Small College Defensive Player Of Year Nominees Announced

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced the nominees for the second annual CLIFF HARRIS AWARD. This award is presented to the nation’s top small college defensive player representing more than 5,000 defensive players from almost 500 NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA colleges and universities. A prestigious selection committee made up of former college and pro football greats will select the winner. In addition to the CLIFF HARRIS AWARD overall winner, the top vote getter from each division will also be announced.

Finalists for the award will be released in two weeks and the CLIFF HARRIS AWARD winner will be announced on Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet in February 2015. The winner will receive the $3,000 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD trophy presented by Cliff Harris along with featured speaker NFL Hall of Fame member and former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin. The inaugural winner of the award was Lindenwood University cornerback Pierre Desir, who was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. Ten percent of the 2013 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD finalist class made NFL rosters this season.

For the story of Cliff Harris go to www.CliffHarrisAward.com and read about his amazing journey from an overlooked high school player from tiny Des Arc, Ark., and one scholarship offer to then-NAIA Ouachita Baptist University to five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

For More Information Contact:
David Bazzel – President, Little Rock Touchdown Club
Debbie Wyman – Executive Director, Little Rock Touchdown Club


Ryan Aelker JR DE Bluffton University DIII
Darius Allen SR DE Colorado State University-Pueblo DII
Steve Ambs JR DL Ursinus College DIII
Justin Avery SR LB University of Charleston DII
Lucky Baar SR DE McKendree University DII
Wenly Beliard SR DE West Virginia State University DII
Zach Bell SR DE Millsaps College DIII
Devin Benton SR DT Southwestern Oklahoma State University DII
Sean Blomquist SR LB Carroll College NAIA
Brandon Bolock SR DE University of Chicago DIII
Tanner Botts SR LB Lenoir-Rhyne University DII
Beau Brewer SR LB Louisiana College DIII
Jamaris Brown SR CB Walsh University DII
Zach Brownell SR MLB Huntingdon College DIII
Deron Bruce SR DL Ottawa University NAIA
Jake Bussani SR CB Wesleyan University DIII
George Christas SR DB Lock Haven University DII
Taylor Christensen SO CB Franklin College DIII
Tyre Coleman SR DE Hobart College DIII
Tyler Condit JR LB University of New Haven DII
Duvontae Covington SR DT Winston-Salem State University DII
Nate Daniels JR LB Iowa Wesleyan DIII
Drake Dowling JR FS Texas Lutheran University DIII
Billy Eakins JR CB Ohio Dominican University DII
Jacob Edleman SR FS Central College DIII
Isaiah Fleming SR LB Cheyney University DII
Nores Fradi SR OLB Wayne State University DII
Devon Freeman SR DE Centre College DIII
Leron Furr SR LB Fort Valley State DII
Frank Gaffney SR OLB Lebanon Valley College DIII
Josh Gordon JR DE Minnesota State Mankato DII
Cameron Grad SR LB Menlo College NAIA
Brady Grayvold SR DB University of Wisconsin-Whitewater DIII
Michael Gruber SR ILB Brevard College DII
Nathan Hancock SR S Minnesota State University, Mankato DII
Brandon Harper SR OLB Widener University DIII
Connor Harris SO LB Lindenwood University DII
Greg Hayward SR DE Saint Xavier University NAIA
Roth Healey SR S Emory & Henry College DIII
Greg Hegstad SR LB Northwestern (Iowa) NAIA
Jordan Herdman SO LB Simon Fraser University DII
Earl Hines, III SR OLB Sul Ross State University DIII
Ryan Hogan SR DE Trine University DIII
Jesse Hogan SR DB University of St. Francis (IL) NAIA
Julian Howsare SR DE Clarion University of PA DII
Rory Island SR MLB Delta State University DII
Austin Jacques JR OLB Johnson C. Smith University DII
Mike James SO S Alderson Broaddus University DII
Tyler Jenkins SR LB Rowan University DIII
Takari Johnson SR LB Concordia Univeristy NAIA
Kole Kadavy SR LB Colorado School of Mines DII
Nik Kelly FR CB Southwestern University (TX) DIII
Colin Kimball SR FS Mercyhurst University DII
Alex Kocheff JR S University of Mount Union DIII
Jared Koster SR LB New Mexico Highlands University DII
Kyle Lamothe SR DE Ouachita Baptist University DII
Darious Lane SR CB Harding University DII
Phil Latimer SR DL Nebraska Wesleyan University NAIA
Matt Longacre SR DE Northwest Missouri State DII
Raul Lozano SR LB Iowa Wesleyan DIII
Caushaud Lyons SR DE Tusculum College DII
Keshaun Malone SR MLB Bacone College NAIA
Derrick Mann SR DE Assumption College DII
Alex Markarian SR DE Humboldt State University DII
Marcus Martin FR DE Slippery Rock University DII
Max Mirande SR LB University of Puget Sound DIII
Josh Montgomery SR LB Benedictine College NAIA
Max Nacewicz SR LB Springfield College DIII
Nick Napolitano SR DE Wingate University DII
Bryan Narcisse SR DE Worcester State University DIII
Jack Nelson SR ILB Willamette University DIII
Hugh O’Brien SR DE SUNY Maritime College DIII
Trevor Pesek SR DB Texas A&M-Kingsville DII
Ty Phillips SR DE Missouri Valley College NAIA
David Porter JR DL John Carroll University DIII
Cole Potter SO DE Dakota State University (S.D.) NAIA
Nadim Raddar JR DE Bethany College (W. Va.) DIII
CJ Roberts SR CB Colorado State University-Pueblo DII
Brion Robinson JR S The Lincoln University of PA DII
Brandon Ross SR DL Ave Maria University NAIA
Brandon Ruemler SR MLB Olivet Nazarene University NAIA
Tovar Sanchez JR DE Central Washington University DII
Adam Sauder JR SS Taylor University NAIA
Zac Schlueger JR MLB Morningside College NAIA
Rush Seaver SR LB Angelo State DII
Al-Hajj Shabazz SR DB West Chester University (Pa.) DII
Jordan Shaw JR S Shorter University DII
Justin Shirk SR MLB Bloomsburg University DII
Grant Singer SR LB University of Mary DII
Loronza Smith SO LB Warner University NAIA
Solomon St. Pierre JR CB University of Sioux Falls DII
Andrew Stewart SR LB Kentucky Christian University NAIA
Wyatt Sumption SR LB Presentation College NAIA
Chris Tamasi SR OLB Amherst College DIII
Chris Tate JR OLB Sul Ross State University DIII
Jason Taylor SR LB Catawba College DII
Austin Tennessee SO CB Stevenson University DIII
David Ternes SR LB Grinnell College DIII
Bryan Thomson SR DL East Stroudsburg University DII
Tyler Thornton SR FS Azusa Pacific University DII
Charles Tuaau SR DL Texas A&M Commerce DII
Billy Wendt SR ILB Graceland University NAIA
Ronell Williams SR LB West Chester University DII
Gary Yeoman SR LB Saint Joseph’s (IN) DII
Jacob Zilbar SR ILB University of Wisconsin-Platteville DIII
Justin Zimmer JR DE Ferris State University DII