Husson Eagles DE Luke Washburn is a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, a national award presented to the nation's top small college defensive player. The winner will be announced December 24th.

Washburn (Oak Hill HS, Maine) is the second straight Husson player to be on the list of finalists. Last year, linebacker Bryant Wade made the list.

Washburn finished a remarkable career with the Eagles last month. He was the ECFC conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the NEFW All-New England team. Washburn, from Litchfield, Maine, was in on 56 tackles, 12 sacks, 18.5 tackles for a loss. He helped lead the Eagles to the top ranked defense in Division III.

A selection committee of former college and pro players will pick the award winner.

Washburn is one of 57 Division III players on the list. Division II and NAIA players are also considered for the award.

NOTE: Cliff Harris played small college football in Arkansas in the late 1960's and went to have a 10 year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, playing in five Super Bowls. Harris was a six-time Pro Bowl selection...This is the fourth year for the award.

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