Presentation College junior defensive lineman Alex Karpstein has been nominated for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award, presented to top defensive player in the country representing Division II, III and NAIA institutions.
The Oregon native had an outstanding season, leading the team with 73 total tackles, tackles for loss with 14.5, and sacks with 5.5. His tackles for loss per game of 1.60, ranked him in 19th in the NAIA D1 standings, while his total tackles for loss had him ranked 29th.
Karpstein is one of 100 players nominated for the inaugural award. The award is named after Cliff Harris, who in just 10 years as a Cowboy, made five Super Bowl appearances, was named to the Pro Bowl six times and was named a first-team All-NFL player for four consecutive seasons by both The Associated Press and the Pro Football Writers Association.
Finalists from all three divisions and an overall winner will be chosen by head coaches and a prestigious selection committee of college and pro football greats. The finalist will be announced Dec. 4, with the winner to be announced Dec. 24. The winner will be honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet in Feb. 2014, featuring guest speaker Lou Holtz. The winner will receive the $3,000 Cliff Harris Award Trophy. Presenting sponsor is the prestigious Wright, Lindsey & Jennings Law Firm.