2015 Cliff Harris Award Nominees Announced

The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced the nominees for the 3rd 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 2016. The winner will receive the $3,000 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD trophy presented by Cliff Harris. The inaugural winner of the award in 2013 was Lindenwood University cornerback Pierre Desir now with the Cleveland Browns. The 2014 winner was Darius Allen of Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Read more here about Cliff’s amazing journey from an overlooked high school player from tiny Des Arc, AR, and one scholarship offer to then NAIA Ouachita Baptist University to five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

2015 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD NOMINEES

Player Name Position Class College Division
Ryan Aelker DL Sr Bluffton University DIII
Ali Aqel DL Sr University of St.Francis (IL) NAIA
Donzale Ashley S Sr Ashland DII
Steve Barroso LB Sr Albright College DIII
Conner Bays S Jr Southwestern Oklahoma State University DII
Chris Beaulaurier LB Sr University of Puget Sound DIII
Vincent Beltrano CB Sr University of Chicago DIII
Jacob Bernhard LB Sr Western State Colorado University DII
Collin Bevins DE Jr Northwest Missouri State DII
Trevon Biglow DE Jr Harding DII
Zachary Blair LB Jr UVa-Wise DII
Michael Bloomfield DE Sr Winston-Salem State University DII
Brady Bonte CB Sr Dakota Wesleyan University NAIA
Garrett Borcher LB Sr Doane College NAIA
Jordan Bowman DB Jr California University of Pennsylvania DII
D'Vonn Brown DL Jr Southwestern Assemblies of God University NAIA
Nate Bryan DT Sr Franklin College DIII
Erick Bulter DE Sr Thomas more College DIII
Kyle Burchett LB Jr Hiram College DIII
Braden Bush DB Jr McPherson College NAIA
Terry Calagon LB Sr Alma College DIV III
Clayton Callicutt DE Sr Angelo State DII
Myles Carelock CB Sr Central Washington University DII
Marqui Christian S Sr Midwestern State University DII
Andrew Cohen DL Dr West Chester DIV II
Tyler Condit LB Sr University of New Haven DII
Aaron Cooper LB Jr Kentucky Christian University NAIA
Adama Dansdill LB Sr Wheaton DIV III
Dylan Delk DE Sr Tabor College NAIA
Jason Disney LB Jr Howard Payne University DII
Dylan Donahue DE Jr University of West Georgia DII
Darren Dungee LB Sr Rowan University DIII
Javier Dyer DL So Reinhardt University NAIA
Morgan Fox DE Sr Colorado St-Pueblo DIV II
Logan Genz LB Sr Arkansas Tech DIV II
Joshua Gordon DE Sr Minnesota State University, Mankato DII
Emmanuel Graves DE Sr Colorado School of Mines DII
Connor Harris LB Jr Lindenwood University DII
Josh Harris DB Jr Georgetown College NAIA
Zach Hauser DT Sr Macalester DIII
Tyler Henderson LB Sr Minnesota State DIV II
Sidney Henry CB Sr Hampden-Sydney College DIII
Jordan Herdman LB Jr Simon Fraser DIV II
Nick Holshoe DB Jr Concordia University NAIA
Austin Jacques LB Sr Johnson C. Smith University DII
Michael James S Jr Alderson Broaddus University DII
Shaniel Jenkins DL Sr Shepard DIV II
Nathan Jernigan LB Jr Cumberland University NAIA
Brandon Jones DL Dr Widner University DIV III
Michael Jordan CB Sr Missouri Western State University DII
Matt Judon DL Sr Grand Valley State University DII
Brian Khoury DE Jr Carnegie Mellon University DIII
Kyle Kitchens OLB So Catawba College DII
Tyke Kozeal ILB Jr University of Nebraska at Kearney DII
Ben Kullos LB Sr Dakota State (S.D.) NAIA
Tom Lally DL sr Mount Union DIV III
Zach Lanning DL Jr Ottawa University NAIA
Frank Laterza DB Sr St. Norbert DIV III
Elijah Lavalais-Hawkins LB So Peru State College NAIA
Ryne Lewis DE Sr Hardin-Simmons University DIII
Ryne Lewis DE Sr Hardin-Simmons University DIII
Tre'von Lightfoot CB Jr Emory & Henry DIII
Davondrick Lison DL Fr Southern Arkansas University DII
Brock Long LB Sr Fort Hayes State University DII
Marcus Martin DE So Slippery Rock University DII
Ryan Martin LB Jr Hanover College DIII
Brad McCurdy S Sr Ohio Dominican University DII
Kodie McNamara LB Sr Gettysburg College DIII
Austin Miller LB So University of Central Missouri DII
Nate Moore DB Jr College of Idaho NAIA
Max Nacewicz LB Sr Springfield College DIII
Jordan Norris CB Jr Northwestern Oklahoma State University DII
Anthony Pilla DE Sr Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) DII
Curtis Pumphrey db Sr Bowie State University DII
Nadim Raddar DE Sr Bethany College DIII
Jewell Ratliff LB Sr Tuskegee University DII
Andre Reyes LB Sr Briar Cliff University NAIA
Dustin Rivas CB So Colorado Mesa DII
Joe Rizzardi SS Sr US Coast Guard Academy DIII
Andrew Robinson DE Sr UW-Platteville DIII
JJ Sanders DL Sr Florida Tech DIV II
Adam Sauder S Sr Taylor University NAIA
Zac Schleuder LB Sr Morningside College NAIA
Zac Schleuger LB Sr Morningside College NAIA
Taron Seaforth-Howard DB Sr Fitchburg State University DIII
Jordan Shaw S Sr Shorter University DII
Teidrick Smith DE Jr University of Mary Hardin-Baylor DIII
Tim Smith DE Jr University of St Francis NAIA
Blaine Snitker LB Sr University of Dubuque DIV III
Solomon St. Pierre CB Sr University of Sioux Falls DII
Isaiah Swopes CB Fr Belhaven University DIII
Caleb Taylor LB Sr Faulkner University NAIA
Austin Tennessee CB Jr Stevenson University DIII
Preston Tescher S Sr University of Mary DII
Carlos Thomas DB So Johnson C. Smith University DIV II
Jonathan Thropay LB Jr Azusa Pacific University DII
Sam Van Ginkel DE Jr Northwestern College NAIA
Bryant Wade LB Sr Husson University DIV III
Alex Wahl LB Sr Upper Iowa University DII
D'Gary Wallace LB Sr Urbana University DII
Reno Ward DL Jr Montana Western NAIA
Anthony White DB Sr Huntington College DIV III
Raheem Wilson CB Jr Southeastern Oklahoma State DII
Joel Wimbley LB Sr Saint Joseph's College DII
Charles Wood LB Sr Texas A & M -  Commerce DII
Nick Woodman DE Sr Utica College DIII
Mike Zanders S Jr Gannon University DII
Justin Zimmer DT Sr Ferris State University DII