Soumahoro Tabbed Cliff Harris Award Finalist

Soumahoro Tabbed Cliff Harris Award Finalist

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Berry College junior Mamadou Soumahoro has been named a finalist for the 2016 Cliff Harris Award, the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings announced on Friday.

The Cliff Harris Award is presented to the nation's top small college defensive player. The overall winner will be announced December 24, and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet on January 19, 2017, featuring guest speaker Archie Manning.

Soumahoro, a Lawrenceville, Ga. native, had one of the most impressive seasons in all of NCAA Division III this year. He finished the season as an AFCA first-team All-American after leading the nation in solo sacks (15), adding 47 tackles and 20 tackles for a loss this season, good enough for No. 10 in the nation. He broke the Berry College single-season sack record this year after a five tackle, two sack performance over then No. 22 Hendrix. Soumahoro forced five fumbles (No. 4 in the nation) and recovered four (No. 2 in the nation).

The reigning Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player-of-the-Year anchored the Vikings defense which led the SAA in points allowed per game (20.2), rushing yards per game (66.6, ranked No. 5 in the nation) and sacks (32). He also led the Vikings defense during the pivotal Centre game to a program-record nine sacks. 

The Vikings finished the year as SAA Champions after a program-best 9-1 record.