LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Junior linebacker Brandon Morris of the Wesleyan University football team has been nominated for the fifth annual Cliff Harris Award which 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. In addition to the Cliff Harris Award overall winner, the top vote-getter from each division will also be announced on Dec. 23.
Morris was just one of two athletes from the NESCAC to be nominated, joining Andrew Yamin of Amherst College. The Davie, Fla. native had a stellar junior season for the Cardinals in which he was named an All-NESCAC First Team Defense selection after leading the conference in tackles with 95 (10.6 per game). Morris also posted a team-high four sacks for a loss of 34 yards, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and broke up two passes. He recorded double-digit tackles in five of the team's nine games in 2017 and recorded a career-high 16 in Wesleyan's impressive 24-17 overtime win against Tufts.