Little Rock, Ark. - December 21, 2017 - The Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP announced that Springfield College's Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) is a finalist for the fifth annual Cliff Harris Award.
This 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. A prestigious selection committee made up of former college and pro football greats will select the winner. In addition to the Cliff Harris Award overall winner, the top vote getter from each division will also be announced.
The Cliff Harris Award winner will be announced on Dec. 23 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards banquet on January 11, 2018. This year's finalist list includes 30 Division II players, 30 Division III players and 23 players from NAIA. This marks third time a Springfield College student-athlete has been named a finalist, as Max Nacewicz '16 earned back-to-back recognitions in 2014 and 2015.
Earlier this month, Giorgio was one of only 10 juniors from across the Division III landscape to earn a spot on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Team. The NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year was dynamic on the defensive line and produced the second-most tackles on the team with 65, including 46 unassisted stops, and established a new program record for tackles-for-loss in a season, notching 26, including 10.5 sacks. At the end of the year, the Business Management major ranked second in the nation in tackles-for-loss per game (2.4) and was a catalyst for Springfield ranking fifth in total defense (233.8 ypg) and sixth in the nation in scoring defense (12.0 ppg). A standout in the classroom, Giorgio also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors this season with his 3.44 GPA.