Fri, Dec. 12, 2014 - Viewed 26 times
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Football) - The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced the finalists for the second annual Cliff Harris Award and senior linebacker Takari Johnson (SR/Lansing, MI) was named one of 70 finalists Thursday afternoon. The award is presented to the nation's top small college defensive player representing almost 500 NCAA Division II, Division II and NAIA colleges and universities.
Johnson, who was named a 1st Team NAIA All-American Linebacker, is one of 14 NAIA players listed. A winner will be announced Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet in Feb. 2015. The winner will receive the $3,000 Cliff Harris Award trophy presented by Harris and former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver and National Football League Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. The top vote getters from each division will also be announced in late December.
The Cliff Harris Award Committee includes former college and NFL greats Roger Staubach, Lee Roy Jordan, Walt Garrison, Gene Stallings, Jackie Smith, Drew Pearson, Rayfield Wright, Everson Walls, Charlie Waters, Bill Bates, Gil Brandt, Mel Renfro, Jim Hart and Harris. The committee represents 45 Super Bowl appearances, 54 Pro Bowl appearances, 39 All-Pro selections, four NFL Hall of Fame inductees, three members of the College Football Hall of Fame, six members of the Cowboys Ring of Honor, a Heisman Trophy Winner and Super Bowl MVP and a college national championship.
The inaugural winner was Lindenwood University cornerback Pierre Desir, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Nominations were submitted by the school's respective sports information directors. To view more information about the history and other nominees, visit the Cliff Harris Website by CLICKING HERE.†
Congratulations and good luck to Takari Johnson!