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November 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Dakota State senior defensive end Josh Licht, 2013 North Star Athletic Association Football All-Conference first-team selection, was one of the nominees in the inaugural Cliff Harris Award Small College Defensive Player-of-the-Year.  The nominee list was announced Wednesday by The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey, & Jennings LLP.

The Cliff Harris Award will be presented annually to the top small college defensive football player in the country representing almost 500 NCAA Division II, III and NAIA colleges and universities. Nominees and finalists from all three divisions and an overall winner will be chosen by head coaches and a prestigious selection committee of college and pro football greats.

Finalists will be announced Dec. 4. The winner will be announced on Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet in February 2014 featuring guest speaker Lou Holtz. The winner will receive the $3,000 Cliff Harris Award Trophy.

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, AR, and one scholarship offer to then NAIA Ouachita Baptist University to five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

Below is the list of 2013 nominees for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award Small College Defensive Player-of-the-Year:

First Name

Last Name

Year

Pos.

College

Division

Drew

Peterson

SR

DB

Albright College

DIII

Keegan

Phalen

JR

SS

Alfred State

DIII

Rush 

Seaver

JR

LB

Angelo State

DII

Jamie

Meder

SR

DT

Ashland University

DII

Nathan

Packard

SR

LB

Austin College

DIII

Tyler

Thornton

JR

FS

Azusa Pacific University

DII

Seth

Mathis

SR

LB

Bethel University (Minn.)

DIII

Larry

Webster

SR

DE

Bloomsburg University

DII

Rob

Ruggiero

SR

DL

Bridgewater State University

DIII

Sean

Blomquist

JR

LB

Carroll College

NAIA

Jaycob

Coleman

SR

DB

Carson-Newman

DII

Danny

Sampson

SR

DL

Central College

DIII

Isaiah 

Fleming

JR

LB

Cheyney

DII

Jake

Edmiston

SR

LB

Colorado Mesa

DII

Darius

Allen

JR

DL

Colorado State University-Pueblo

DII

Zach

Moore

SR

DE

Concordia-St. Paul

DII

Josh

Licht

SR

DE

Dakota State University (S.D.)

NAIA

Brady

Bonte

SO

LB

Dakota Wesleyan University

NAIA

Tony

Sierra

SR

DB

Defiance College

DIII

Bryan

Thomson

JR

DL

East Stroudsburg University

DII

Paul 

Forney

SR

LB

Emory & Henry College

DIII

Donny

Ruggles

SR

DB

Faulkner University

NAIA

Brendan

Wengerter

SR

LB

Franklin & Marshall College

DIII

Adham

Talaat

SR

DE/DT

Gallaudet University

DIII

Brock

Messina

SR

LB

Georgetown College

NAIA

Jason

Gladfelder

SR

LB

Grand View University

NAIA

David

Ternes

JR

DB

Grinnell College

DIII

Josh

Doggett

JR

LB

Hampden-Sydney College

DIII

Jake

Stilwell

SO

DL

Hanover College

DIII

Daniel

Riley

SR

DL

Harding

DII

Keaton 

Stigger

SR

LB

Henderson State University

DII

Caleb

Shannon

FR

DB

Hendrix College

DIII

Brady

Harwell

SR

LB

Kansas Wesleyan University

NAIA

Andrew

Stewart

JR

LB

Kentucky Christian University

NAIA

Kolin

Sullivan

SR

LB

Kenyon College

DIII

Zach

Greenwald

JR

DL

Kutztown University

DII

Andre 

Carter

SR

LB

LaGrange

DIII

Ed

Dobernig

SR

DB

Lake Forest College

DIII

Isiah

Ross

SR

DB

Langston University

NAIA

Frank

Gaffney

JR

LB

Lebanon Valley College

DIII

Michael

Green

SR

DB

Lenoir-Rhyne

DII

Pierre

Desir

SR

CB

Lindenwood University

DII

Dominique

Forrest

SR

LB

Linfield College

DIII

George 

Christas

JR

DB

Lock Haven

DII

Dominic

Graham

SR

LB

Louisiana College

DIII

Joe 

Camacho 

SR

LB

Mid America Nazerene 

NAIA

Zach

Bell

JR

DL

Millsaps College

DIII

Jake

Weddle

JR

LB

Mississippi College

DIII

Chris 

Emesih

SR

LB

Missouri S&T

DII

Ty

Phillips

JR

DL

Missouri Valley College

NAIA

Jake

Laux

SR

LB

MIT

DIII

Dane 

Pallotto

JR

RB

Norwich University

DIII

Justin

Bell

SR

DB

Ohio Dominican University

DII

Jonathan

Valentine

SR

DL

Ohio Wesleyan University

DIII

Brandon

Ruemler

JR

LB

Olivet Nazarene University

NAIA

Deron 

Bruce

JR

DL

Ottawa University

NAIA

Antwion 

Patterson

SR

DL

Ouachita Baptist University

DII

Jordan

Patterson

SR

LB

Pacific Lutheran University

DIII

Zach

Lempka

SR

DL

Peru State College

NAIA

Nate

Dreiling

SR

ILB

Pittsburg State University

DII

Alex 

Karpstein

SR

DE

Presentation College

NAIA

Ted

Abriel

SR

DL

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

DIII

Dominic

Caruso

JR

LB

Rowan Univeristy

DIII

Shonquez 

Nelson

SR

DL

Saint Augustine's University

DII

Chaz 

Robinson

SR

LB

Saint Augustine's University

DII

Joel

Wimbley

SO

LB

Saint Joseph's College (IN)

DII

Zach

Dolph

SR

LB

Saint Xavier University

NAIA

Hayden

Stanton

SO

DL

Salve Regina

DIII

Tyler

Zimmer

JR

LB

Seton Hill University

DII

Howard

Jones

SR

DE

Shepherd

DII

Jake

Metz

SR

DE

Shippensburg University

DII

Casey

Chin

SR

LB

Simon Fraser University

DII

Quindell

Dean

SR

LB

Slippery Rock University

DII

Dakota

Winsor

JR

LB

Southern Virginia University

DIII

Jack 

Moro

SR

DB

St. Cloud State University

DII

Cam

Smith

SR

DB

St. Olaf 

DIII

Brian

Harrington

JR

LB

Stonehill College

DII

Hugh

O'Brien

JR

DL

SUNY Maritime College

DIII

Marquis

Wadley

SR

LB

Tarleton State University

DII

Charles

Tuuau

JR

DL

Texas A&M University-Commerce

DII

Charles

Jones

FR

LB

Texas College

NAIA

Erick

Butler

JR

DL

Thomas More College

DIII

Vincent

Beltrano

SO

DB

University of Chicago

DIII

Grant

Singer

JR

LB

University of Mary

DII

Silvio

Diaz

SR

DL

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

DIII

Curt/Chris

Vandervest

SR

DL

University of Minnesota Duluth

DII

Malcolm 

Butler

SR

DB

University of West Alabama

DII

Kyle

Wismer

SR

LB

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

DIII

Ethan 

Douglas

SR

LB

Upper Iowa University 

DII

Cody

Seibel

SR

LB

UW-Stevens Point

DIII

Chris

Pope

SR

LB

Valdosta State

DII

Nelson

Nwumeh

SR

LB

Washington University in St. Louis

DIII

Brandon

Fedorka

SR

DE

Waynesburg University

DIII

Ronell 

Williams

JR

LB

West Chester University (Pa.)

DII

Ethan 

Westbrook

SR

DE

West Texas A&M

DII

Nathan

Fleming

SO

LB

Western New England University

DIII

Dylan

Dimter

SR

LB

Widener University

DIII

Jack

Nelson

JR

LB

Willamette University

DIII

Carlos

Fields, Jr

SR

OLB

Winston-Salem State University

DII

Donnie 

Owens

SR

DL

Winston-Salem State University

DII

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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