December 12, 2013

Gaffney Makes Cut As Cliff Harris Award Finalist

Frank Gaffney - Lebanon Valley photo by Tim Flynn '05
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lebanon Valley College junior linebacker Frank Gaffney has made the cut as a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, given to the nation's top small college defensive player.

The award, being presented in its inaugural year by the Little Rock Touchdown Club, will recognize the best defensive player from among more than 500 NCAA Division III and III and NAIA teams. Nominees were announced Nov. 20, and the winner will be named on Dec. 24. The award was created in honor of former Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris, who played for NAIA Ouachita Baptist and went on to play in five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls.



The transfer junior was nothing short of outstanding in helping Lebanon Valley to the Middle Atlantic Conference title and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. The MAC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-East selection by D3football.com, Gaffney led Lebanon Valley with 82 tackles, including 63 solo stops, and 19.5 tackles for a loss. His 13.0 sacks were a program single-season record, and he ranked second in NCAA Division III in that category. A disruptive force all over the field, he also broke up five passes and on special teams he blocked three PATs. Gaffney was a two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week and three-time D3football.com Team of the Week honoree this season.