LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Senior defensive back Austin Tennessee of the Stevenson University football team has been nominated for the fourth annual Cliff Harris Award, which honors the top defensive player at the NCAA Division II and III and NAIA levels. It marks the second straight year Tennessee has been nominated for the award.
Finalists will be announced later in December, with the award recipient announced on December 24. The award is named after six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection Cliff Harris.
The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection for the third straight season, Tennessee started all 11 games at safety and totaled 57 tackles (44 solo). He had six interceptions on the season and compiled 200 yards of return yardage, including a pair of touchdowns, and registered eight pass breakups. He was a two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week award recipient.
The Stevenson football team finished 9-2 overall and captured its first MAC title with an 8-1 league mark. The Mustangs made their first-ever NCAA appearance in just their sixth season as a varsity program.