Winston-Salem State Linebacker Carlos Fields Named As Cliff Harris Award Finalist

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced the inaugural Cliff Harris Award finalist list today. 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. Nominees and finalists from all three divisions and an overall winner are chosen by head coaches and a prestigious selection 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 nominees can be found at

Winston-Salem State University senior linebacker, Carlos Fields, has been named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award. The Cliff Harris Award is presented to the top small college defensive football player in the country.

Fields, led the WSSU Rams #1 ranked defense in Division II, with 93 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups and six passes defended.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. He will be honored on February 2014 at the Little Rock Touchdown Club annual awards banquet in Little Rock, Ark. A selection committee including college and pro football greats picked the finalists from NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA colleges and universities.

This is another postseason accolade for the senior from Henderson, N.C., as he was recently named as a first-team selection on the Daktronics Super Region One All-Region team. The standout linebacker was heralded by as the top linebacker in Division II coming into the 2013 season.

For the story of Cliff Harris go to and read about his amazing journey from an overlooked high school player from tiny Des Arc, AR, and one scholarship offer to then NAIA Ouachita Baptist University to five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.