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Top 5 Small School Seniors Position-by-Position Rankings

Pierre Desir from Lindenwood is the best small school defender in the game.  He walked away with the Cliff Harris Award to prove it.


Jimmy Garoppolo – Eastern Illinois

Jeff Matthews – Cornell

Dustin Vaughn – West Texas A&M

Brock Jensen – North Dakota State

Kory Faulkner – Southern Illinois / Jamal Londry-Jackson – Appalachian State

Running Backs   *** If Terrence West of Towson leaves he will be 1st on this list

Tim Flanders – Sam Houston State

Zack Bauman – Northern Arizona

Fabian Truss – Samford

Jerick McKinion – Georgia Southern

Jaamal Berry – Murray State/Kyle Harnbridge – Saint Mary’s/Dom Williams – Wagner

Full Backs

Michael Lagrone – Idaho

Lyle Marsh – Penn

Travis Friend – Bucknell

Austen Wozniak – Indiana State

Jordan Neukirch – Illinois State

Wide Receivers

Jeff Janis – Saginaw Valley State

John Brown – Pittsburg State

Jeremy Butler – University of Tenn. Martin

Matt Hazel – Coastal Carolina

Erik Lora – Eastern Illinois/ Walter Powell – Murray State/Jordan Harris – Bryant/Lee Doss – Southern

Tight Ends *** A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State is second on this list (Junior)

Joe Don Duncan – Dixie State

Reggie Jordan – Missouri Western

Dezmond Beverly – Arkansas Pine Bluff

Justin Perillo – Maine

Cameron Brate – Harvard/James Oboh – Towson/Joe Hawkins – Morgan State

Offensive Tackles

Billy Turner – North Dakota State

Matt Hall – Belhaven

Danny Kister Jr. – Montana

Matt Feiler – Bloomsburg

Bryan Witzmann – South Dakota State/ Eric Pike – Towson/Kyle Bryant – Youngstown State

Offensive Guards

Dakota Dozier – Furman

Kadeem Edwards – Tennessee State

Gavin Farr – Southern Utah

Brian Clarke – Bloomsburg

Randall Harris – Towson

Offensive Centers

Matt Armstrong – Grand Valley State

Chris Elkins – Youngstown State

Harris Bivins – Murray State

Joshua Matthews – Howard

Doug Shaw – Towson/Ashton Miller – Eastern Washington/ Mike Sellers – Citadel


Defensive Ends *** Lynden Trail of Norfolk State would be 1st if he left early

Ethan Westbrooks – West Texas A&M

Zach Moore – Concordia (St. Paul)

Larry Webster – Bloomsburg

Terrence Fede – Marist

Robert Simpson – Mississippi Valley State/Adham Tallaat – Gallaudet/ Colton Underwood – Illinois State/Brad Daly – Montana

Defensive Tackles

Caraun Reid – Princeton

Lawrence Virgil – Valdosta State

Zach Kerr – Delaware

Antoine Lewis – Villanova

Jamie Meder – Ashland/Francis Bah – Liberty

Inside Linebackers

Stephon Robertson – James Madison

Wes Dothard – Tennessee Chattanooga

Brandon Denmark – Florida A&M

Grant Olsen – North Dakota State

Nate Dreilling – Pittsburg State

Outside Linebackers

Jordan Tripp – Montana

Tyler Starr – South Dakota

Deron Furr – Fort Valley State

Dorian Bell – Duquesne

DJ Roberts – Tennessee Martin/Howard Jones – Shepherd


Pierre Desir – Lindenwood

Qua Cox – Jackson State

Marcus Williams – North Dakota State

Walt Aikens – Liberty

Brandon Dixon – Northwest Missouri / Jordan Love –Towson /Devin Wallace – Virginia Union

Strong Safety

Dexter Moody – Albany State

Marvin Robinson – Ferris State

Jestin Love – Central Arkansas

Nick Williams – North Alabama

Joc Skinner – Bethel

Free Safety

Jack Moro – Saint Cloud State

Cam Loeffler – Jackson State

D.J. Key – Tennessee Chattanooga

Nick Beard – Eastern Illinois

Ben Ericksen – Illinois State

Michael Green – Lenoir Rhyne


Bobby Wenzig – Alabama State

Ray Early – Furman

Kevin Van Voris – West Texas A &M

Zack Pulkenin – Bemidji State

Andy Wilder – Northern Arizona


Sergio Castillo – West Texas A&M

Nick Ferrara – Stony Brook

Colton Cook – Southern Utah

Eddie Carmara – Central Arka

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