December 12, 2013

Winsor a Finalist for Prestigious Cliff Harris Award

By Lancaster Brown

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Having completed one of the most successful careers in Southern Virginia University football program history, senior linebacker Dakoda Winsor was named a finalist for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award on Thursday morning in Little Rock, Ark.

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. Winsor is one of 49 finalists that were chosen from a pool of 100 nominees.

The West Richland, Wash. native led Southern Virginia in tackles during the 2013 season with 80 (41 solo, 39 assisted), which included 17.5 tackles for loss for a combined loss of 53 yards for opponents. He also earned 3.5 sacks on the year, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a safety.

During his career, Winsor finished first in career fumble recoveries with seven and ranked No. 2 in assisted tackles (121), pass breakups (14) and tackles (276). Also a kickoff return specialist, he ended his career ranked No. 1 in school history in kick return yards with 2,214.

Nominees and finalists from all three divisions and an overall winner are chosen by head coaches and a select committee of college and pro football greats.

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. The list of all finalists and nominees can be found at cliffharrisaward.com.

Cliff Harris was an overlooked high school player from Des Arc, Ark., who received one scholarship offer to then-NAIA Ouachita Baptist University. He went on to a prolific NFL career in which he helped the Dallas Cowboys earn five Super Bowl titles and was also a member of six Pro Bowl teams.

 

2013 Cliff Harris Award Finalists

Jamie

Meder

SR

Defensive Tackle

Ashland University

Division II

Larry

Webster

SR

Defensive End

Bloomsburg

Division II

Jake

Edmiston

SR

Linebacker

Colorado Mesa

Division II

Darius

Allen

JR

Defensive End

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Division II

Zach

Moore

SR

Defensive End

Concordia-St. Paul

Division II

Keaton

Stigger

SR

Linebacker

Henderson State University

Division II

Michael

Green

SR

Defensive Back

Lenoir-Rhyne

Division II

Pierre

Desir

SR

Corner Back

Lindenwood University

Division II

Nate

Dreiling

SR

Linebacker

Pittsburg State University

Division II

Shonquez

Nelson

SR

Defensive Line

Saint Augustine's Universitry

Division II

Howard

Jones

SR

Defensive End

Shepherd

Division II

Jake

Metz

SR

Defensive End

Shippensburg University

Division II

Jack

Moro

SR

Field Safety

St. Cloud State University

Division II

Brian

Harrington

JR

Linebacker

Stonehill College

Division II

Grant

Singer

JR

Linebacker

University of Mary

Division II

Chris

Vandervest

SR

Defensive End

University of Minnesota Duluth

Division II

Malcolm

Butler

SR

Cornerback

University of West Alabama

Division II

Chris

Pope

SR

Linebacker

Valdosta State

Division II

Ronell

Williams

JR

Linebacker

West Chester University (Pa.)

Division II

Ethan

Westbrook

SR

Defensive End

West Texas A&M

Division II

 

Carlos

Fields

SR

Linebacker

Winston-Salem State University

Division II

Drew

Peterson

SR

Safety

Albright

Division III

Seth

Mathis

SR

Linebacker

Bethel University (Minn.)

Division III

Rob

Ruggiero

SR

Defensive Line

Bridgewater State University

Division III

Danny

Samson

SR

Defensive End

Central College

Division III

Tony

Sierra

SR

Defensive Back

Defiance College

Division III

Adham

Talaat

SR

Defensive End

Gallaudet University

Division III

David

Ternes

JR

Linebacker

Grinnell College

Division III

Jake

Stilwell

SO

Defensive Line

Hanover College (Ind.)

Division III

Kolin

Sullivan

SR

Linebacker

Kenyon College

Division III

Andre

Carter

SR

Linebacker

LaGrange College

Division III

Frank

Gaffney

JR

Linebacker

Lebanon Valley

Division III

Dominique

Forrest

SR

Linebacker

Linfield College

Division III

Zach

Bell

JR

Defensive End

Millsaps College

Division III

Jake

Weddle

JR

Linebacker

Mississippi College

Division III

Dakoda

Winsor

JR

Linebacker

Southern Virginia University

Division III

Silvio

Diaz

SR

Defensive Tackle

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Division III

Kyle

Wismer

SR

Linebacker

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Division III

Nelson

Nwumen

SR

Defensive Line

Washington University in St. Louis

Division III

Brandon

Fedorka

SR

Defensive End

Waynesburg University

Division III

Jack

Nelson

JR

Linebacker

Willamette University

Division III

 

Sean

Blomquist

JR

Linebacker

Carroll College

NAIA

Donny

Ruggles

SR

Defensive Back

Faulkner University

NAIA

Brock

Messina

SR

Linebacker

Georgetown College

NAIA

Jason

Gladfelder

SR

Linebacker

Grand View University

NAIA

Joe

Camacho

SR

Linebacker

MidAmerica Nazarene

NAIA

Ty

Phillips

JR

Defensive Line

Missouri Valley College

NAIA

Deron

Bruce

JR

Defensive Line

Ottawa University

NAIA

Zach

Dolph

SR

Linebacker

Saint Xavier University

NAIA