- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A safety from Midwestern State University in Texas is being honored as the top defensive player among small-college football teams.

Marqui Christian on Thursday won the Cliff Harris Award, which is named for an ex-Dallas Cowboy who played at Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas.

Christian had 10 or more tackles in five games this season and his 295 career tackles is a record at the NCAA Division II school.

The senior from Spring, Texas, was named previously to The Associated Press Little All-America team.

Bluffton’s Ryan Aelker and Mount Union’s Tom Lally were the top vote-getters in NCAA Division III, and Adam Sauder of Taylor University in Indiana received the most votes for NAIA schools.

The award is presented by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright, Lindsey, Jennings law firm.

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