Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir wins small college award

A defensive back from Lindenwood University in Missouri has won

a new award honoring the nation’s top small college defensive

player.

Pierre Desir was selected from more than 5,000 athletes from 500

schools for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award. The award is named

for Cliff Harris, the safety who helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to

five Super Bowl appearances. The award honors the top defensive

player from Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.

Desir, a three-time All-American, finished his career ranked

first in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics history in passes

defended. His 25 career interceptions are the second most in

conference history and rank him in the top 10 in Division II

history.

Desir was born in Haiti and came to the United States at age

4.