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.