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Burchett Nominated for 2016 Cliff Harris Award

Burchett Nominated for 2016 Cliff Harris Award

By: Abbey Lipcsik

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Senior linebacker Kyle Burchett was recently nominated for the fourth annual CLIFF HARRIS AWARD, announced by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings.

The award is presented to the nation's top small college defensive player, representing more than 5,000 student-athletes from almost 500 NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA colleges and universities. A selection committee made up of former college and pro greats will select the winner.

Burchett finished his senior season being named second-team all-conference for the second time in his career, with the first being a first-team selection during his junior season. The linebacker finished with a career-high 109 tackles (63 solo, 46 assists), ranking first on the team and second in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). 12.5 of the tackles came for a loss of 36 yards. He also tied his career-best in sacks for a single season (4) in addition to recording three pass breakups and forcing three turnovers.

Finalists for the award will be released in two weeks, with the winner being announced on December 24th. The recipient of the award will be honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet on January 19, 2017 and receive the $3,000 CLIFF HARRIS AWARD trophy presented by Cliff Harris along with featured speaker Archie Manning.

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