Kevin Pharaon a Nominee for Cliff Harris Award

Kevin Pharaon a Nominee for Cliff Harris Award

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings recently announced the nominees for the fourth annual Cliff Harris Award.

This award is presented to the nation's top small college defensive player representing more than 5,00 defensive players from almost 500 NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA colleges and universities.

West Virginia Wesleyan senior defensive lineman Kevin Pharaon was one of the 53 finalist named for the Cliff Harris Award.

Pharaon, a native of Silver Spring, Md., led the Bobcats in tackles with 77.

He also made his mark nationally as he was tied for 17th in total sacks with 10.5 and 17th in sacks per game (0.94).

He was fourth in the Mountain East Conference in sacks and 16th in tackles per game.

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 announce.

Finalist 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 Roc Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet on January 19, 2017.

For the story of Cliff Harris go to and read about is amazing journey from an overlooked high school player from tiny Des Arc, AR, and one scholarship offer to them NAIA Ouachita Baptist University to five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

For a complete listing of Cliff Harris Award nominees, please click here.