December 30th, 2021 8:00am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Sam Roberts, senior defensive lineman from Division II Northwest Missouri State was selected as the winner of the 2021 Cliff Harris Award presented annually by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright Lindsey Jennings. The award honors the nation’s small college defensive player of the year representing Division II, Division III and NAIA colleges and universities.
Roberts, a 6’5 292 defensive lineman from Waynesville, Missouri, was a dominate force on one of the top defenses in America, helping lead the Bearcats to a final national ranking of No. 4 and 11-2 record. He was a 1st team AFCA and DCCA All-American and a 2nd team AP All-American. He was the National Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year and the MIAA Conference Player of the Year. Roberts’ disruptive play in the trenches was a key factor on the #2 nationally ranked Bearcat defense finishing his senior season with 18 tackles for losses.