Senior Joe Rizzardi has been picked as one of the 63 finalists for the Cliff Harris Award.
The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced the finalists for the 3rd 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
Rizzardi led the Bears with 84 tackles, 62 solo, 5.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns to go with a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a pair of blocked kicks. He led all defensive backs in the NEFC in tackles.
Rizzardi has also been named to the New England Football College First Team and the D3Football.com All-Region Third Team.
The Cliff Harris Award winner will be announced on Dec. 24th and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet in February 2016. The winner will receive the $3,000 Cliff Harris Award presented by Cliff Harris. The inaugural winner of the award in 2013 was Lindenwood University cornerback Pierre Desir now with the Cleveland Browns. The 2014 winner was Darius Allen of Colorado State University-Pueblo.
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