LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (December 20, 2015) – Senior Morgan Fox (DL, Fountain, Colo.) earned a spot as a finalist for the Cliff Harris Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award, in an announcement from the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP.
Former CSU-Pueblo All-American defensive end Darius Allen was the 2014 winner of the award.
The 63 finalists for the 3rd 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, will be announced Dec. 24.
Honored as the runner-up for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award ... Associated Press Little All-America Second Team ... AFCA All-America Team ... D2CCA All-America First Team ... D2CCA All-Region First Team Defense … Named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-RMAC First Team ... Finished first in the nation in sacks per game with 1.42, while the 128 sack yards was first nationally ... In 12 games he totaled 17.0 sacks to rank second in Division II and his 15 solo sacks was second ... Finished 17th nationally with 1.8 tackles for loss per game and has totaled 21.5 tackles for loss resulting in -137 yard (third nationally) ... Finished the season with 52 tackles (32 solo), forced and recovered a fumble and added one pass break-up ... Posted five multi-sack games, which included three sacks on three occasions ... Totaled a career-high 10 tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards and two sacks (-20 yards) at West Texas A&M ... During the regular season, Fox was named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice and NFFCC Player of the Weekonce ... Member of a Pack defense that finished third nationally in interceptions (24), third in scoring defense (15.8), 11th in rushing defense (94.6), 17th in total defense (308.8), 18th in tackles for loss (8.2) and 19th in sacks per game (3.0).
Owns the program record for sacks in a season (17) and career (36) ... 164 career tackles (82 solo) ... 49.5 tackles for loss (-276 yards) and -250 yards from sacks ... Four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles ... 11 break-ups.
ABOUT THE CLIFF HARRIS AWARD
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.
The CLIFF HARRIS AWARD winner will be honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet in February 2016. The winner will receive the $3,000 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD trophy presented by Cliff Harris. The inaugural winner of the award in 2013 was Lindenwood University cornerback Pierre Desir now with the Cleveland Browns.
Visit cliffharrisaward.com to read more about Cliff's 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.
THUNDERWOLVES IN 2015
The ThunderWolves went 12-2 overall for their third 12-plus win season in the last four years. The Pack went a perfect 9-0 for the fourth time in the last five years to earn their fifth consecutive RMAC Championship.
CSU-Pueblo earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Playoffs and made its fifth straight appearance in the Division II postseason Nov. 21. The ThunderWolves hosted No. 5-seed University of Indianapolis in the first round and won 27-14, then took to the road for their first-ever true road game in the playoffs. The Pack traveled to No. 1-seed Midwestern State University and downed the Mustangs 26-17 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. CSU-Pueblo suffered a 31-7 loss to No. 6-seed Grand Valley State University in the game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, to close the season and end the defense of the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.