2016 Cliff Harris Award Finalists Announced

2016 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Top Small College Defensive Players Recognized

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings  announced the finalists for the fourth annual CLIFF HARRIS AWARD. The 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.

An overall winner will be announced on December 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet on January 19, 2017 featuring guest speaker Archie Manning. The winner will receive the $3,000 Cliff Harris Award trophy presented by Cliff Harris. In addition to the overall winner, the top vote getters from each division will also be announced. A prestigious group of former college and pro football greats serve on the Cliff Harris Award Committee.

Player NamePositionClass College
DIVISION II
LuckyBaarDLSRMcKendree University
BeauBatesLBSRUniversity of Minnesota Duluth
ConnerBaysDBSRSW Oklahoma State University
CollinBevinsDLSRNW Missouri State
TrevonBiglowDLSRHarding
ZacharyBlairLBSRUVa-Wise
JayBoydDBFRTusculum College
CodyBurtscherLBSRTarleton State University
JaredChesterDBJRLIU Post
TylerConditLBSRUniversity of New Haven
SieDoe, Jr.DLSRFort Hays State University
DylanDonahueDLSRWest Georgia University
BryantFrazierDLSRVirginia State
ConnorHarrisLBSRLindenwood University
DrewHebelDBSOBlack Hills State
JordanHerdmanLBSRSimon Fraser University
AllenHolmanLBSRShippensburg University
BrandonJonesDLSOTexas A&M-Kingsville
KyleKitchensLBJRCatawba College
TykeKozealLBSRUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney
MarcusMartinDLJRSlippery Rock University
JeremyMooreDLSRWestern Oregon
SydneyOmamehDLSRGrand Valley State
QuincyRedmonDLJRFairmont State University
DustinRivasDBJRColorado Mesa University
ZachSielerDLSOFerris State University
JoshuaSimmonsDBJRLimestone College
OsbandThompsonLBJRTuskegee University
AJWentlandLBSRMcKendree University
RaheemWilsonDBSRSoutheastern Oklahoma State
DIVISION III
CalebAshbyLBSRWheaton College
MattBarnesLBSRMonmouth College
JustinBroussardDLSRSouthwestern University
ChyronBrown-WallaceDLSRSt. Lawrence University
KyleBurchettLBSRHiram College
ColeBurdetteDLSRRandolph-Macon College
ByronCooperDLSRWidener University
AustinCrowDLJRHeidelberg University
ReeseDziedzicLBSRUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
SamEdouardDLJRWestern New England Univ.
DonavanHaydenLBSRBethany College
DustinHolmesLBSRWittenberg University
BrianKhouryDLSRCarnegie Mellon University
JDLeisemannDLJRWisconsin Lutheran College
A.J.LiCataLBJRAlfred University
JustinMadarDLSROlivet College
MarshallMcCarthyLBSRMassachusetts Maritime Academy
NicholasMorrowDBSRGreenville College
BaylorMullinsDBSRUniversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor
JackPerezLBSRPacific (Oregon)
WilliamSewellDLSRFrostburg State
TeidrickSmithDLSRMary Hardin-Baylor
MamadouSoumahoroDLJRBerry College
DylanStapletonDBSRCoe College
BrandonTamsettDLSRWisconsin-Whitewater
AustinTennesseeDBSRStevenson University
JackTonerDBSRJohns Hopkins
LukeWashburnDLJRHusson University
IsaacZickafooseDLSOBluffton University
NAIA
CainBoscheeDBSODickinson State (N.D.)
JeffBranchDLSRPresentation College
AaronCooperLBSRKentucky Christian
DillonDittemoreDLSRMarian University
JoshEvansLBJREvangel
LukeGibbsDLJRMorningside College
NathanJerniganLBSRCumberland University
DontayeJohnsonLBSRRobert Morris (IL)
GunnarKayserDBSRMontana Tech
JoshKockDLSRBaker University
Robert "Alden"MannLBSRWayland Baptist University
JustinManningLBFRCampbellsville University
NicholasMcBeainLBSRValley City State University
NateMooreDBSRCollege of Idaho
KyRandallSmithLBSRUniversity of St. Mary's
LucasSparksDLSRSt. Francis (Ind.)
EvanSprayberryDLSOTabor College
TravisSteensonLBSOMcPherson (Kan.) College
NoeyTauaveDLSRDickinson State (N.D.)
StephenThayerLBSRMissouri Valley College
SamVan GinkelDLSRNorthwestern College
DarrainWinstonLBSRBaker (Kan.) University