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University of Dubuque's Joseph takes Cliff Harris Award

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University of Dubuque defensive back Michael Joseph has been named the winner of this year's Cliff Harris Award.

The award is given annually to the top defender in small-college football and Joseph becomes first Division III player to win the award.

Joseph led the Iowa Conference with eight interceptions and twice had three interceptions in a game. He also returned his first and only career kickoff return for a 96-yard touchdown.

The award honors Cliff Harris, who went undrafted out of Ouachita Baptist and later played safety in five Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.

To be eligible, a player must be in NCAA divisions II or III or the NAIA. The award is presented by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and the Wright, Lindsey, Jennings law firm.

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