Kentucky Christian University linebacker Andrew Stewart has been named a finalist for a new award that will be given to the top defensive player in small college football.
The former Trigg County High School standout was among 100 nominees for the Cliff Harris Award as announced by the Little Rock Touchdown Club.
The list features 41 players from NCAA Division II, 42 players from NCAA Division III and 17, including Stewart, from the NAIA. In all, 98 schools are represented.
Stewart was recently named to the Mid-South Conference First-Team defensive squad. He also was named NAIA Player of the Week earlier this year after picking off two passes and returning one for a touchdown against Lindsey Wilson.
Stewart led KCU in tackles (99), tackles for loss (13.5), solo tackles (56), interceptions (3), and fumble recoveries (2).
The winner will be named on Christmas Eve.