Lakeland's Moses Named Finalist for Cliff Harris Award

Diante Moses
Diante Moses

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 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.

Player Name   Class College Position
Mitchell Allan SR Claremont-Mudd-Scripps LB
Mauro Altamura SR Montclair State University LB
Louis Berry SR Mount Union University DB
Nathan Brinker SR Saint John's University (Minn.) DL
Cameron Brown SR Case Western University DL
Michael Connor SR Simpson College LB
Austin Dean SR Brockport DL
Frankie Feaster JR Muhlenberg College DL
Jefferson Fritz SO University of Mary Hardin-Baylor DB
Nicholas Giorgio SR Springfield College DL
Matt Gurgone SR St. Norbert College LB
Harry Henschler SR University of Wisconsin-Whitewater DL
Zach Howard SR Westfield State LB
Antonio Johnson JR North Carolina Wesleyan College LB
Kyle Kilgore SR Bethel University DL
Bryson Lamboy SR Berry College DL
Thomas Lesniewski SR Monmouth College (Ill.) DL
Joey Longoria JR Mary Hardin-Baylor DL
Duke Mackle SR Linfield College DB
Pat Minogue SR Ithaca College LB
Diante Moses SR Lakeland University LB
Javon Muhammad SR MacMurray College DL
Re'Shaun Myers JR Bridgewater College LB
Michael Nobile FR Delaware Valley University DL
Danny Robinson SR Mount Union University LB
John Salute SR Salve Regina University DL
Jonathan Seay JR Wittenberg University LB
Ryan Slager SR Grinnell LB
Eric Stevenson SR Wheaton College (IL) LB
Elvin Suazo SR Husson University LB
Jimmy Thomas SR John Carroll University DL
Chad Wilburg SR Whitworth University DL
Marcus Winters SR Trine University DB
Andrew Yamin SR Amherst College LB
Isaac Zickafoose SR Bluffton University DL