LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the second straight season, Berry College's Mamadou Soumahoro has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Cliff Harris Award.
The Cliff Harris Award 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. The winner will be announced later this month.
Soumahoro has collected a slew of accolades over the past several weeks. He was selected as the D3football.com National Defensive Player of the Year and was picked as a first team All-American for the second straight year from D3football.com, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the AP Little All-America team.
A senior defensive lineman out of Lawrenceville, Ga., Soumahoro solidified himself as one of the top defensive players in the nation. After finishing the season with 14 sacks (fifth in Division III), 15 total tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, four batted passes, two blocked kicks and a career-best 57 tackles, Soumahoro was selected as the SAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight time. The four-time All-Conference selection was also named the D3football.com South Region Defensive Player of the Year this season.
Soumahoro helped anchor a defensive line that ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation against the run and allowed just 15.6 points per game during the regular season. He holds every pass rushing record in Berry history with 37.5 career sacks and 49 tackles for a loss. Over his career, he has accumulated five separate All-America honors, four All-SAA nods, a South Region Defensive Player of the Year award, is a two-time Cliff Harris Award finalist and has earned numerous Player of the Week honors in addition to his National Defensive Player of the Year honor.