LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Lakeland University senior linebacker Diante Moses (Houston, Texas / Eisenhower) has been named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Little Rock-based law firm Wright Lindsey Jennings announced Friday, Dec. 14.
The award, now in its sixth year, is presented to the top small college defensive player. Eighty-nine individuals have been selected as finalists out of more than 5,000 defensive players representing nearly 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 be announced. The Cliff Harris Award winner will be announced on December 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet on January 10, 2019, featuring guest speaker Barry Sanders. The winner will receive the Cliff Harris Award trophy presented by Cliff Harris.
Earlier this year, Moses was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Defensive Player of the Year, a first team all-NACC pick and a third-team D3football.com All-North Region selection.
The 5-foot-6, 155-pound Moses led Lakeland with 82 tackles this year and added five tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. Moses finished fifth in the NACC in tackles per game (9.1) and seventh in total tackles. He was especially strong in conference play, where he averaged nearly 10 tackles per game.
Moses closed out his career with 226 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 16 pass breakups, six fumble recoveries, three fumbles forced, two blocked kicks and one interception. Over his last three seasons he averaged 7.1 tackles per game, and he also scored recovering blocked punts and fumbles in the end zone for touchdowns.
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