2017 Cliff Harris Award Finalists Announced

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright Lindsey Jennings announces the nominees for the sixth 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 one week and the CLIFF HARRIS AWARD winner will be announced on Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet on January 10, 2018. The winner will receive the $3,000 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD trophy presented by Cliff Harris and guest speaker Barry Sanders. Previous winners include Pierre Desir, Lindenwood University, Darius Allen, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Marqui Christian, Mid-Western State University, Connor Harris, Lindenwood University and Michael Joseph of University of Dubuque.

    DIVISION II 
Player NameClassCollegePosition
AndrewBensonSRAssumption CollegeDB
AdonisDavisJRFlorida TechDL
DennisGardeckSRSioux FallsLB
SterlingHammondSRVirginia UnionDB
KevinHaynesSRCentral Washington UniversityLB
MylesHumphreySRShepherd UniversityDL
ChrisJohnsonJRUniversity of North AlabamaDB
MarcusJonesSRNW Missouri StateDB
MarkusJonesJRAngelo StateDL
KyleKitchensSRCatawbaLB
DavondrickLisonJRSouthern Arkansas UniversityDL
TevinMadisonSRWest AlabamaDB
MarcusMartinSRSlippery Rock UniversityDL
TylerMorrisseyJRWest ChesterLB
BlakeNelsonSRColorado MesaDB
BrandonPayerSOColorado State-PuebloLB
EvanPerrizoSRMinnesota State University, MankatoDL
JamesPrater Jr.JRAshland UniversityDL
MaxRedfieldSRIndiana University (Pa.)DB
BrucksSaathoffJRTexas A&M-CommerceLB
TerrySamuelJRWest AlabamaLB
NathanShepherdSRFort Hays State UniversityDL
ZachSielerJRFerris State UniversityDL
AndrewSpencerSRWinona StateDB
YusefSterling-LoweSRTexas A&M-CommerceDB
TavierreThomasSRFerris StateDB
OsbandThompsonSRTuskegeeLB
LandryTulloSRDelta State UniversityLB
AustinWelthaSRMcKendree UniversityLB
DariusWilliamsJRColorado State University-PuebloDB
DIVISION III
Player NameClassCollegePosition
HastonAdamsSRMary Hardin-BaylorDL
O'SheaAndersonSRWashington & Jefferson CollegeDB
AustinCrowSRHeidelberg UniversityDL
JasonFarlowSRLinfield CollegeLB
MaxGarrettSRWashington and Lee UniversityLB
NickGiorgioJRSpringfield CollegeDL
DanielGonzalesSRUniversity of RedlandsDB
ChaseGreenleeSRWheaton College (IL)DL
FredHargroveSOOtterbein UniversityDB
JaquanHarrisSRFramingham StateDB
JordanHassanSRIllinois WesleyanLB
DarinHungerfordSRKean UniversityLB
AustinJochumSRUniversity of St. ThomasDL
MichaelJosephSRUniversity of DubuqueDB
NikKellySRSouthwestern (TX) UniversityDB
CaseyKerschnerSRWidener UniversityDL
MontelLeeSRFerrum CollegeDL
A.J.LiCataSRAlfred UniversityLB
MasonMcKenrickSRJohn Carroll UniversityLB
ShawnMillerSRDelaware Valley UniversityDB
TyParsonsSREast Texas Baptist UniversityLB
JordanPowellJRWidener UniversityDB
CharlesRigaJRGeorge Fox UniversityLB
MikeRileyJRRose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyDL
RyanSlagerJRGrinnell CollegeLB
MicamSmithSRMonmouth CollegeDB
MamadouSoumahoroSRBerry CollegeDL
PatrickVidalSRThe Catholic University of AmericaDL
MarcusWintersJRTrine UniversityDB
NAIA
Player NameClassCollegePosition
MichalArenasSREastern Oregon UniversityLB
CurtBoekeJRDakota State (S.D.)DL
JoshEvansSREvangel UniversityDL
KeenanFaganJRRocky Mountain CollegeDB
JamaraeFinnieSRLangston UniversityDL
TimHamiltonSRFriends (Kan.) UniversityDL
PiercenHarnishJRUniversity of St. FrancisLB
TuckerJohnsonSRCarroll CollegeDB
JoshKockSRBaker (Kan.) UniversityDL
TevinMcCoyJRReinhardt (Ga.) UniversityDL
TionteMcDanielSOSt. Xavier UniversityDB
CadenMcDonaldSRMorningside CollegeLB
NateMooreSRCollege of IdahoDB
TrentMuellerJRLindsey Wilson CollegeLB
CameronOshodiSRGeorgetown CollegeDL
ChrisOvertonSRSt. Ambrose UniversityDL
DariusPriceSRSiena Heights UniversityDB
TaranceRobySRConcordia University NebraskaDB
ThomasSeaseSRDickinson State (N.D.)LB
EvanSprayberryJRTabor CollegeDL
GarrettUpdegraftSRKansas WesleyanLB
TomunciWhitfieldSRSouthwestern CollegeDB
ColeWisemanSRDoane UniversityDB