MITCHELL, SD – Dakota Wesleyan University linebacker Brady Bonte recently wrapped up his sophomore season with the Tiger football team with all-conference first team honors, but he learned this week he is up for another, more prestigious honor. Bonte, a Garretson native, is one of 100 nominees for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award. The award will be presented annually to the top small college defensive player of the year in the country. Bonte led the Tiger defense all season. He finished eighth in the conference with 8.1 tackles per game and led Dakota Wesleyan with 88 total tackles. He was eighth in the NAIA in both tackles for a loss (20) and sacks (9.0). He finished the season with 20 tackles for a loss of 100 yards. He also returned one interception for a touchdown, had three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Finalists for the Cliff Harris Award will be announced Dec. 4. The winner will be announced Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet in February.
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