Parker Fryar named a finalist for the Cliff Harris award

December 20, 2022 9:47am

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –Northwestern Covid sophomore and team captain Parker Fryar was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, presented to the nation’s top small college defensive player.

“It is great to see Parker nominated for the Cliff Harris Award,” said head coach Matt McCarty. “He is very deserving and is one of the most dominant defensive players in the nation!”

Fryar led the team in tackles for the third-straight year with 120 tackles. The mark sat third-most in program history for a single season, behind Orv Otten (121 tackles in 1977) and Steve De Vries (127 tackles in 1983).

The Waukee, Iowa native also won the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Defensive Player of the Year honor, helping guide the Red Raiders to their first national title since 1983 and third in program history.

The linebacker helped spearhead a defense that sat top-5 in the NAIA in multiple defensive categories including points allowed (11.5, 3rd), yards allowed (226.6, 4th), rushing yards allowed (63.6, 5th), interceptions (20, 5th), defensive touchdowns (4, T5th).

The award nominees come from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Divisions II and III, plus the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Fryar was one of 37 NAIA athletes nominated for the award.

Northwestern has had one Cliff Harris Award winner in program history. Defensive lineman Sam Van Ginkel won the prestigious award back in 2016, in the first season of head coach Matt McCarty.

The 2022 Cliff Harris Award winner will be announced on December 30, 2022. The award will be given to one winner of all levels combined, plus the top vote getter of each division will also be announced.