Football: Carter nominated for Small College Defensive Player of the Year award

Football: Carter nominated for Small College Defensive Player of the Year award

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced the inaugural Cliff Harris Award nominee list today. 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.

LaGrange senior linebacker Andre Carter is on the list of nominees. Carter is the two-time USA South Defensive Player of the Year and the school's all-time leading tackler.

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

www.CLIFFHARRISAWARD.com

2013 Nominees

First Name

Last Name

Year

Position(s)

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